Former Australian international Tom Moody Officials said on Monday, weeks before the T20 World Cup. Mohan de Silva, secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), told AFP the 56-year-old’s three-year contract is being terminated by “general agreement”. A senior cricket source who did not wish to be named said that the SLC “couldn’t pay the fee in the long run”, despite the savings of more than $40 million. “We also felt we needed a more down-to-earth person who could spend more time in Sri Lanka,” the source added.
The source said the former Test player is paid $1,850 a day plus expenses for the 100 days per year he is expected to spend in the country going through the worst of the economic downturn.
Moody will leave at the end of this month or before the T20 World Cup begins in Australia next month, another source said.
Former Sri Lanka head coach, Moody, was appointed cricket director last February to help the team prepare for the T20 World Cup and the over 50 edition in India in 2023.
There was no immediate comment from the Australian, who last month said he was taking on a similar director of cricket at Desert Vipers during the newly formed UAE-based T20 International.
Under Moody’s, Sri Lanka emerged earlier this month as the surprise Asian champions, seen as a kick-start to the World Cup.
As director of cricket, Moody’s has come up with a performance-based pay structure that has been resisted by the national team.
But in the end they were forced to accept threats that they would be excluded when they agreed.
Sri Lanka has faced severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine since late last year, but Sri Lanka Cricket is still awash with cash, according to board officials.
Last week, they donated half a million dollars to a cancer hospital that was in dire need of drugs and medical equipment to save lives.
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