Tom Moody, One Of Shortlisted Candidates For India Head Coach Job, Set To Coach Kia Oval In ‘The Hundred’
Former Australian cricketer and veteran coach, Tom Moody is set to be named as the coach of Kia Oval in The Hundred. Moody has a wealthy experience of coaching various teams. After retiring from the game, he first became the director of cricket of Worcestershire.
Later, he joined Sri Lanka as their head coach in 2005. Under him, the island national played the final of World Cup 2007 where they lost to Australia. He later a domestic team in Australia. Moody also performed the role of head coach of Kings XI Punjab from 2008 to 2010.
He made his comeback to IPL when he was appointed as head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of IPL 2013. His stint with SRH was a successful one. He stayed at SRH for seven seasons, during which they won the title in IPL 2016 and played the final of the tournament in 2018. This year, SRH made it to the playoffs but crashed out after losing to Delhi Capitals in the Eliminator.
The franchise after parted ways with its coach and roped in Trevor Bayliss after World Cup 2019. The news of Moody soon joining Kia Oval n The hundred has come amidst the appointment of new head coach of the Indian cricket team. He is one of the six candidates who will be interviewed by the Kapil Dev-headed CAC for the job.
Moody and other candidates have a tough job to succeed Ravi Shastri, the present head coach, and it is unlikely that the former India all-rounder will be removed from his job.
This is the fourth time that Moody has applied for the job. In 2005, he lost the race to Greg Chappell. In 2016, Anil Kumble was named as India’s head coach while in 2017, Shastri became the head coach of India.
Apart from Moody, Mike Hesson, Lalchand Rajut, Phil Simmons and Robin Singh are four other candidates who are challenging Shastri for the job. Team India’s next head coach is expected to be announced on Friday.