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Mohali confirm Moody capture

Australian coach Tom Moody will take charge of Mohali in the opening edition of the Indian Premier League.

The 42-year-old guided Sri Lanka to the World Cup final in the Caribbean last year before opting to return home in May to coach Western Australia.

Moody has now opted to sign up for the lucrative Indian Premier League, and will coach Mohali - who have big-hitting Yuvraj Singh as their captain.

"With Yuvraj (Singh) being our captain and Moody as coach, I think everything has fallen into place for us," Ness Wadia, co-owner of the team, was quoted by the Indian media on Monday.

Moody was part of two Australia teams to win the World Cup, and also held a director of cricket role with County Championship Worcestershire after he retired from playing.

Moody and his new Mohali franchise will take part in the player auction for the IPL on Wednesday, where each franchise has a salary cap to meet when selecting their players.

The inaugural IPL competition, which is an officially-sanctioned rival to the Indian Cricket League, will be a Twenty20 competition played over 44 days between eight franchises in eight cities featuring 59 matches.

The tournament starts on April 18 and other big-name coaches that have been targeted to join Moody include former India coach Greg Chappell, ex-Australia coach John Buchanan and Victoria's Greg Shipperd.

Australians make-up a large number of the influx of players to join the big-money tournament, and five more Aussies are reported to have signed up.

Retired stars Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and Adam Gilchrist, along with Simon Katich and Jason Gillespie will take part for the entire competition.

Other Australians still playing international cricket may be available for the first three weeks if the proposed tour of Pakistan is called off over security concerns.

There are also still some sponsorship issues with Cricket Australia to be ironed out, but it seems a big chunk of the Australian side will be taking some part.

The Australian Associated Press named the likes of Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Matthew Hayden, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Ricky Ponting, Andrew Symonds and Cameron White as likely participants.

source - cricket365.com
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