Tom Moody will today be confirmed as Sri Lanka's new coach. Moody will commence his twoyear-contract on June 18. Worcestershire have been resigned to losing Moody for some time.
He has never made any secret of his ambition, and has been in the frame for a number of highprofile jobs. Only last week he narrowly missed out to Greg Chappell for the position as coach of India, while he was also interviewed for the role of England's Academy Director.
Moody is expected to return to New Road today. He will remain in position for the totesport League game against Glamorgan tomorrow and for the next couple of Championship matches.
It is anticipated that Steve Rhodes - currently the assistant coach at New Road - will assume Moody's role. It is unlikely the club will appoint another assistant in the near future.
Moody's haste to move on from New Road could have been interpreted as indecent. He is still contracted to Worcestershire until the end of the season, but it is not anticipated that the club will try and hinder his progress.
"Tom has been fantastic throughout this whole period," Mark Newton, Worcestershire's chief executive, said last night. "He has kept us informed at all times and we have been prepared for all outcomes. We are delighted for him and for the club."
Moody leaves a mixed legacy at New Road. He has been in the role since the start of 2000 during which time he helped the club secure promotion to the first division of the championship and oversaw two appearances in Lord's finals.
Both ended in crushing defeats, however, while relegation from the Championship's top division also blights his record.
He coaxed the finest form out of the likes of Vikram Solanki and Matt Mason, however, and retains a fine reputation. A personable fellow, his skilful handling of the media has done him no harm, either.
His departure will end a long association with the club. Moody first arrived at New Road in 1991 after Warwickshire preferred Allan Donald as their overseas player and spent eight seasons as a Worcestershire player. The club repaid his fine service by granting him a testimonial last season.
Given the topsy-turvy nature of professional sport and the fine relationship which he has sustained with the club even through his departure, Moody's return cannot be entirely ruled out in the distant future.
He will take up his new role in time to help Sri Lanka prepare for their series against West Indies and will remain in place until after the 2007 World Cup.
"It was a unanimous decision," said Sri Lankan Cricket board secretary Triphone Mirando. "They (the interim committee) had a great meeting with Tom Moody. He will overlook the coaching and will also be actively involved with the selectors, the cricket committee and talent scouting."