New Delhi: Australian Tom Moody has inked a pact to coach the Ness Wadia-Preity Zinta owned Mohali IPL team, the franchise announced on Monday.
"With Yuvraj Singh being our captain and Moody as coach, I think everything has fallen into place for us," Ness Wadia, a co-owner of the side, was quoted as saying in the Hindustan Times.
The 42-year-old Moody, a member of two World Cup-winning Australian teams, guided Sri Lanka to the Cup final in the Caribbean last year. He joined Western Australia after quitting as Sri Lanka's coach in May.
The Australian retired from international cricket in 1999 after playing eight Tests and 76 one-day internationals.
"We really don't know much about the game and its technicalities," said Bollywood actor Priety Zinta, part of the consortium that bought the Mohali side for 76-million dollars for 10 years.
"But we will take on professional help to run the franchise in most efficient manner. We will take input from the captain, the coach and other technical members that we hire."
The Indian media has said Greg Chappell, John Buchanan and Greg Shipperd are other Australian coaches eyed by the IPL teams.
The IPL, aTwenty20 league to counter the so called rebel Zee-network owned ICL, will feature eight franchised city-based teams drawn from a star cast of cricket's top players, will be held over 44 days in 12 Indian cities from April 18.
The tournament, brainchild of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is backed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and supported by cricket boards around the world.
More than 80 international cricketers are expected to feature in the players' auction in Mumbai on Wednesday.