‘Coach’ Moody bats for Sri Lanka in Aussie encounter

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, April 16, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody has insisted he won’t have any problems watching his side take on Australia, the country he represented as a player.

Reigning champions Australia meet Sri Lanka in a World Cup Super Eights match at Grenada’s National Stadium here Monday, with both teams having already qualified for the semi-finals.

The two sides are also widely tipped to reach the final in Barbados on April 25.

Moody, a member of the Australia squads that won the 1987 and 1999 World Cups, said: “To be honest with you, it’s no different to any other match.

“Obviously I’ve got some good friends in the opposition side who I’ve played with and won a World Cup with,” the 41-year-old former Western Australia all-rounder added.

“But at the end of the day that doesn’t mean my focus and preparation is any different for the Sri Lankan team against Australia than it would be against any other team. I’m focused on winning the match and doing my job as professionally as possible.

“Coaching and playing are completely different. It’s me preparing a team to perform at its best on any given day against any given opposition in any given con