SL coach undecided on his future
Tom Moody has made no decisions on his future and may continue as SL's coach after its loss to Australia in the WC final.cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2007 13:16 IST
Tom Moody has made no decisions on his future and may continue as coach of Sri Lanka after its loss to Australia in the World Cup final.
The 41-year-old Australian guided Sri Lanka into Saturday's final after a series of impressive displays but had been expected to step down after the tournament.
He had been linked to the role of England coach and even more strongly to provincial team Western Australia. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has remained hopeful it could persuade him to stay on.
A World Cup winner as a player with Australia in 1987 and 1999, Moody took charge of Sri Lanka two years ago after being considered for the high-pressure role of India coach.
Moody said on Monday he had not thought about his next step and would not make any decision at least until he got back to Sri Lanka on Thursday.
"I've had one night's sleep, which wasn't a long night," Moody said. "I'm not making any decisions on my future until I've had a chance to speak to the Sri Lankan cricket board, until I've had a chance to reflect and have a look to see where I want to be professionally and personally."
He introduced a new ruthlessness and pragmatism to the team but still let his players exhibit a brand of cricket as exciting as any at this year's tournament.
Moody's influence was crucial in building a stronger Sri Lanka team than the one that won the 1996 World Cup. His focus was such that he left consideration of his future to one side, even though that meant the England job was filled by the time he became available.