West Indies legend Brian Lara has been appointed as the head coach of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. The news comes after the Indian Premier League franchise parted ways with former Australian international Tom Moody.
Under Moody, Hyderabad finished eighth in the 2022 IPL season, with six wins and eight defeats. Whereas in the past two years, the Hyderabad-based franchise has been the worst-performing team in the IPL as they had nine victories, 18 defeats and one tie in 28 games.
Sunrises Hyderabad released a statement addressing Moody’s departure from the team. The statement said, “As his term with us draws to an end, we would like thank Tom for his contributions to SRH. It has been a much-cherished journey over the years, and we wish him the very best for future endeavours.”
As his term with us draws to an end, we would like thank Tom for his contributions to SRH. It has been a much cherished journey over the years, and we wish him the very best for future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/aGKmNuZmq8— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 3, 2022
Before this sub-par one-year stint, Moody had a successful six-year run with the Sunrisers between 2013 and 2019 when they reached the playoffs five times and won the tournament in 2016. The 56-year-old was replaced by Australian Trevor Bayliss as head coach in 2020 but just after a year, Moody returned to SRH as director of cricket. However, the team couldn’t replicate their prior success.
Moody will be the director of cricket of the UAE-based ILT20 league franchise Desert Vipers, which is owned by the Glazers Family, who also owns Premier League giants Manchester United. The Desert Vipers are one of the six teams in the tournament which is scheduled to start in January next year and have so far signed Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Tom Curran, Ben Duckett, Sheldon Cottrell, and Wanindu Hasaranga.
Addressing his new role in an official statement, Moody said, “I’m honoured to lead the cricket operations of Desert Vipers in what promises to be an entertaining and high-quality tournament. We have assembled an excellent mix of youth and experience in a highly skilled squad and I warmly welcome our players from all over the world in what is truly an international event.”