Moody, Chappell, Buchs to coach IPL teams

Published: Friday, February 15, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Former Aussie all-rounder Tom Moody has penned a deal to coach one of the franchises of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), a senior BCCI official said on Friday.

"I know he has signed, but cannot confirm if all the final, definite agreements have been done with," the official revealed.

However, it is learnt, Moody is expected to take a call today on an offer from the Mohali franchise, owned by an Indian business consortium spearheaded by Ness Wadia, also includes Bollywood actor Preity Zinta.

Moody, 42, a member of 1987 and 1999 World Cup-winning Aussie teams, coached Lanka for two years before leaving mid-way thro' the last year to take up the reins of Western Australia.

"All the top coaches will be here." Former India coach Greg Chappell, Vics coach Greg Shipperd and ex-Aussie coach John Buchanan were the other coaches being targetted by IPL teams," BCCI official said on the condition of anonymity.

Chappell currently heads a private academy in Rajasthan, run by Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, and he has been sounded out by the Jaipur franchise, owned by Investors In Cricket, a media group.

Mumbai, owned by RIL, is reportedly keen to have former Australian coach John Buchanan as its mentor.
Shipperd, who steered Victoria to victory in the Pura Cup in 2003-04 and to the final in 2005-06, has been linked to the Delhi team owned by construction major GMR, said sources in the franchise.

India"s current coaching staff is also in the fray, with fielding coach Robin Singh almost certain to sign up with the Chennai franchise owned by India Cements.

And Venkatesh Prasad, the bowling coach, has emerged as a strong candidate for the Bangalore team owned by Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya, said sources.

The inaugural edition of the International Cricket Council-sanctioned Twenty20 league gets underway on April 18.
The tournament will be played over 44 days in eight cities and will feature 59 matches.

More than 80 international cricketers are expected to feature in a players' 'auction' in Mumbai on Feb. 20 with each franchise allowed a cap of $5 million.

However the impasse between CA and IPL over the contract issue continues even as organisers are too keen to go ahead with the players auction slated on Sunday and it looks the inaugural issue of the T20 league will have to do without stars from Down Under.


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