Former Australian cricketer and World Cup champion Tom Moddy is apparently vying for the job of Indian cricket team head coach, as incumbent Ravi Shastri is expected to leave down after the 2021 T20 World Cup. According to a source, SunRisers Hyderabad’s director of cricket Tom Moody wants to replace Shastri and has even hinted that the firing of David Warner from the SRH setup in IPL 2021 could be part of Moody’s agenda.
It should be noted that there has been no formal confirmation of Ravi Shastri’s departure as India’s head coach once his contract expires after the T20 World Cup, although he has suggested that he may leave after the premier event in the UAE and Oman. According to rumours, there are certain highly popular names in the running for the position of Indian cricket team head coach, and Moody is one of them.
SRH have a lot of clout in BCCI: Report
According to foxsports.com.au, SunRisers Hyderabad has power in the BCCI, which could explain why Warner was sacked and SRH resorted to young Indian talent. “It’s believed the SunRisers’ owners are prominent figures in the BCCI, which could explain their choice to leave Warner out of their last half-dozen matches and rely on youth,” the US media outlet reported. Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar was also quoted as claiming that there could be non-cricketing reasons for dropping David Warner from the SRH setup.
Moody has aspired to be India’s coach for a long time
According to sources, the former Australian player has long desired to be India’s head coach. Moody has been interested in becoming India’s head coach since 2005, and he was among those that were shortlisted for the position in 2017 and 2019. He guided the Sri Lankan squad to the final of the 2007 ODI World Cup and the SunRisers Hyderabad to their first trophy in 2016 with Warner as captain.
However, it would be intriguing to see whether Shastri will officially step down as head coach and, if so, who will lead the club forward for an equally promising future.
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