Whatmore takes on Indian role
AUSTRALIAN cricket coaching continues to export to India with the appointment of Dav Whatmore to the position of director of operations at India’s national cricket academy.
The former Bangladesh and Sri Lanka coach had earlier been seen as a successor to Greg Chappell, who quit as coach of the India team.
However, Whatmore was surprisingly left off the shortlist for the post when South African Graham Ford turned the job down in June.
Whatmore was apparently offered the position as the first director at the new academy by Ravi Shastri, who sits on the coach appointment board.
India has been without a coach since early April and the board has advertised the post.
Whatmore guided Sri Lanka to the World Cup in 1996 and helped unfancied Bangladesh reach the World Cup second round for the first time this year after a shock win over India.
“The contract is for three years and I’ll be in Bangalore by the end of this month,” Whatmore told a local paper.
“The specifics have to be worked out, but I expect the NCA to be operational for 8-10 months (a year). Eventually, one would like Indian coaches to impart all the training but, if needed, one may call specialists from overseas. However, one doesn’t have to cross that bridge right now.
“I know Ravi’s on the coach-appointing committee, but I didn’t bring up what happened in June. I’ve known Ravi for a number of years. We understand each other well and I’m looking forward to a formal association with him.”
Chappell recently accepted an appointment to the Rajasthan training academy, while Dennis Lillee has long run a fast bowling institute in Chennai and Australian John Gloster is a physio with the Indian team.
* Test captains Graeme Smith of South Africa and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori will play in the official Indian Premier League next year according to officials.
The Twenty20 league, to be organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in April, has also signed up South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs, West Indian veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf.
Other new players in the official list are Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka, former Australian opener Justin Langer, Scott Styris of New Zealand and current South African internationals AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince.
The induction of the 11 new players takes the count of international cricketers joining the IPL to 22.