Cricket Dav Whatmore named Nepal head coach

Cricket Dav Whatmore named Nepal head coach

Dav Whatmore, who guided Sri Lanka to its World Cup title win in 1996, has been named the head coach of Nepal cricket team.  In a statement on Thursday, the Nepal Cricket Association confirmed that Whatmore will take charge of the season, with effect from January 1, next year. 

Dav Whatmore, who guided Sri Lanka to victory in the 50-overs World Cup in 1996, has been named head coach of Nepal’s national team.

“Dav is extremely keen to take on this new challenge, as he strongly believes Nepal has great talent and a very bright future in international cricket,” the Cricket Association of Nepal said in a statement on Thursday.

Earlier this year, Whitmore was named the head coach and cricket director of Baroda, but a few days ago, the veteran coach confirmed to Sportstar that it would not be possible for him to take over Baroda.

In his illustrious coaching career, Whatmore was associated with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India's National Cricket Academy. He was the coach of the India U-19 team which clinched the World Cup in 2008 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Last season, he was the head coach of Kerala. 

The Colombo-born Australian has also coached Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

Nepal did not qualify for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in India and Whatmore’s first major task is to help them reach the 2022 edition in Australia.