Tom Moody returns to India, but this time it’s not with Preity Zinta by his side at the Mohali IPL team. Instead, the former Australian allrounder will be guiding Western Australia in the Champions League Twenty20. And although the tournament lasts only a week, Moody tells Hindustan Times he is optimistic about his team’s chances.
How different will coaching Western Australia in the CLT20 be from coaching the Mohali team in the IPL?
I don't think there will be a huge difference. The only obvious difference will be that we don't have a mix of different cultures in one team-- players from different countries--apart from that we are playing Twenty20 cricket in India and there will be an incredibly exciting and passionate following.
Do you think your own experience of the IPL and that of the players like Shaun Marsh and Luke Pomersbach will give Western Australia a distinct edge over many other teams?
Look to be honest we will certainly have an advantage knowing that a couple of players have experience of Twent20 cricket and IPL cricket in the subcontinent. Moreover, my own experience of IPL and subcontinent as coach and Trevor Penny's as assistant coach will give us little bit of an edge. But at the end of the day it's down to the 11 players to execute their game as effectively as possible.
Do you think the competition in the CL will be as intense as it was in the IPL?
I think fans will get to see some really exciting cricket. You got not just Indian teams but teams from around the cricketing world playing for the honour of being the No. 1 domestic Twenty20 side of 2008. There is a huge prize at the end of that tournament. It's going to be very intense cricket of very high standards.
In the IPL, you said that the team bonding best had more chances of succeeding? What's going to be the success mantra in the CLT20?
I think the team that adjusts quickest to the conditions and gets some early success will go the distance. The team which gets the momentous early, is going to have a huge advantage. As the tournament is being played in a very short duration, no team can afford to make mistakes and expect to make it into the semifinals. The team which gets into the groove quickest, will benefit.
Had the Mohali team qualified for CL, which team you would have coached?
I had discussed it with the owners prior to the start of first IPL season. They understood that my first commitment was always going to be Western Australia given that I have existing commitment with Western Australia. So I would have coached Western Australia but I would have helped the Mohali team in securing a replacement coach for the tournament.