Perth: Former Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody said here Wednesday he believed the Indian Premier League would help heal some of the recent rifts in international cricket.
After a summer of lingering tension between rival cricket powerhouses Australia and India, Moody believes the IPL could be just what the game needs.
Moody, currently at the helm of Western Australia, will coach the Mohali franchise in the inaugural Twenty20 tournament when it starts on April 18.
On the day of the IPL player auction, Moody said here Wednesday that he was thrilled with the idea of having cricketers from different nations playing alongside each other.
"That is an exciting prospect for cricket -- and it is amazing how the game brings people together," Moody said.
"When you are playing in opposing sides in any sport things can get heated, and cricket is no different.
"But when players get together in a team, cricket tends to take control of all egos and all past discrepancies."
Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) chief executive and former Test player Graeme Wood said he was delighted to see Moody take on an IPL coaching role.
"We see this as a real coup for the WACA to have our manager and head coach involved in such a high-profile competition," Wood said.
"Tom is aware that his main contract is with the WACA, and he has ensured there will be no conflict whatsoever.
"He will undertake this role after the completion of the Retravision Warriors' 2007-08 campaign and return in time for the start of pre-season training for the 2008-09 season."
Wood also said Moody would coach WA should the proposed Champions Twenty20 tournament, for which they qualified by reaching the final of the domestic Twenty20 series, go ahead.