First day: Worcestershire v Durham - no play(rain)
Worcestershire have confirmed that Tom Moody's last match in charge will be the one-day friendly against Bangladesh on June 12.
Moody will fly off to Colombo to take up his appointment as Sri Lanka's coach on the following Friday. But the departing Worcestershire director of cricket is keen to avoid leaving in the middle of a match, so new head coach Steve Rhodes will take up his new duties for the County Championship Division Two match against Leicestershire at Grace Road starting on June 15.
Moody is confident that he leaves behind a sound backroom team in Rhodes and Damien D'Oliveira, director of the academy. He believes either is capable of ultimately taking over his position as director of cricket.
Moody said: "We had wanted an assistant coach in the structure for a couple of years. Steve Rhodes was the obvious man for the job but we also wanted to wait for him to finish his career. And now he has I am sure he will continue to be a great servant to the county.
"As far as the title of director of cricket is concerned, I believe the club plan to look at the big picture and review the position at the end of the year. They'll just have a look to see how things fall into place. Both Damien and 'Bumpy' have really good credentials. But Damien has big responsibilties with the Worcestershire Academy.
"For now, the bottom line is that I still want Worcestershire County Cricket Club to succeed as much as anyone, which is why I've tried to make the transition as smooth as possible. I felt that it was important to make my departure gradual and the Sri Lankan board have been respectful of that."
Moody's final home Championship match has so far been marred by the weather after yesterday's wash-out. Five hours of continous rain from 10am led to play against Durham, the leaders, being called off for the day just before 3pm, delaying the Championship debut of teenage opener Steve Davies.