Kochi: Dav Whatmore, a hugely successful cricket coach who coached four international teams, on Saturday took over as the coach of the Kerala cricket team for a period of six months. Addressing reporters, Whatmore said that he sees his new assignment as a challenge. “Kerala has huge talent pool and hence it’s going to be a challenge for me,” said Whatmore. BCCI vice president and former Kerala Cricket Association president and secretary TC Mathew told IANS that the appointment of Whatmore is for a period of six months. “We were able to get his services for only six months as he has other commitments in Chennai. We see this short term under Whatmore as an exciting period as he brings with him a wealth of international experience, which is certainly going to be a new experience for our cricketers,” said Mathew. Ravichandran Ashwin one of the most valuable players in the world, feels Dav Whatmore
The 63-year-old former Aussie national cricketer, in his tenure as a coach, turned out to be hugely successful for Sri Lanka which won the World Cup under his guidance in 1996. He later coached Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe and also in between had a second term with Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Whatmore has been appointed director of ‘International Cricket Academy of Excellence’ set up by Sriramachandra Arthrpscopy and Sports Sciences, Chennai.
“For a start Australia have their best T20 team. Certainly it’s a huge test coming to India, particularly in the recent times when you got incredible levels of skill and self belief. You got a wonderful Test match team. A new captain as well and everybody is supporting each other. Australia have their work cut out,” Whatmore told reporters earlier.