Colombo born former Australian cricketer, Dav Whatmore has been appointed as Nepal head coach. Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced the news of his appointment as the head coach via press release, on Thursday.
On his appointment as Nepal head coach, Whatmore’s high-profile manager Kaustav Lahiri said,
“Dav is extremely keen to take this new challenge as he strongly believes Nepal has some great talent and has a very bright future in cricket. Nepal is a beautiful country and Dav is looking forward to have his new challenge with a bunch of young talent in Nepal.”
Besides that, Raunaq Bahadur Malla has been appointed as general manager and Ramesh Kumar Neupane as Chief Finance Officer. Also the, Former Nepal National, Binod Kumar Das will look after the team as Cricket Manager. The decision will take effect from 01-Jan-2021.
Dav’s Cricketing Journey
Dav was the part of the world champion Sri Lankan side as the head coach during their triumph on 1996. Apart form that, he was also the coach of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe national teams. Lately, He was the coach of Singapore National Team.
Whatmore has scored more than 6,000 first class runs playing for Victoria in the first class cricket. However, his international career as a player wasn’t much of a success. He appeared in just 7 tests and a ODI with the baggy green cap.
Apart from 1996 WC, he also was the part of the Asia cup winning Pakistan National Side in 2012. He was also appointed as the Director of the National Cricket Academy(India) in 2007. Later, he took charge of the India under-19 team. The team lead by Kohli which would go on to win the 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.
He also coached Bangladesh from 2003-2007, which was a relative success for them at the time. Bangladesh National Team that hardly won matches, reached super 8 stages of WC 2007. This included the ever famous victory of Bangladesh against India and South Africa.
He coached Lancashire to win National League in England. He also coached KKR(2010-2011). Also, he coached Kerala Ranji Team to their first ever Ranji Quarter and semi-finals.
Previous experience in Nepal.
He previously conducted a two week high performance camp in Nepal previously in 2017. The camp, included 32 players including the one from the national team. He also ran a two day coaching clinic for the cricket coaches in Nepal.
His first assignment will likely be the tri series of Nepal against Oman and USA in coming March. Although, CAN has not given much information about this yet.
The post of head coach was vacant since February this year. Before that Umesh Patwal was in the post of Head Coach. Jagat Tamata is currently looking after the team as assistant coach.