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Moody backs Chappell to get involved again

Sri Lankan coach believes that Chappel has done a good job with the Indian team and should continue his career in coaching.

cricket Updated: Apr 19, 2007 17:05 IST

Sri Lankan cricket team coach Tom Moody has backed his fellow Australian Greg Chappell to get involved in a coaching capacity again soon.

Moody's comment follows Chappell's recent decision to step down as India's coach after their failed World Cup campaign in the West Indies, says reports.

"He (had) arguably ... the toughest coaching job in world cricket. The expectation of over a billon people would be a huge weight on anyone's shoulders," Moody said.

He felt that Chappell did a good job with India.

"Personally, I felt Greg had done a good job with the Indian side. They lost a couple of games and suddenly his tenure is finished, but he's got a lot to offer to the game whether it's in a coaching role or a consultancy role," he said.

"I'm sure someone in world cricket will take advantage of his vast experience and knowledge and wherever he takes that I'm sure people will benefit."

India exit in the first round of the World Cup after they were defeated by Bangladesh and then beaten by Sri Lanka in their final match in Trinidad, lead to Greg resigning.

Chappell, 58, an outstanding batsman and former Australia captain, informed the Indian board earlier this month that he would not seek extension of his contract "for personal and family reasons".

He took up the post in June 2005.

First Published: Apr 19, 2007 16:57 IST