Whatmore to Coach Kerala Cricket Team in 2017-18

Kochi: Former Australian cricketer Dav Whatmore has signed a six-month deal as head coach of Kerala cricket team, announced the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) here last week.

The famous coach in the cricket arena will start mid-September and will likely see out the entire 2017-18 domestic season.

Apart from coaching the senior team, Whatmore will also be involved in KCA’s junior cricket programmes and work closely with coaches in charge of the Under-23 team, said a statement.

Speaking to a cricket website, the Sri Lankan-born Whatmore said that it’s important to build a system which can then help extend growth within the game across the State and that is what he’s looking forward to doing.
He added that it’s also important to bring in results along with development of these young players. “It takes time and I’m confident this association will last more than just the six months we’ve agreed upon. But for now this is a good start,” Whatmore was quoted as saying.

His coaching stint with Zimbabwe ended in May 2016 and he’s currently based in India. He is on a three-year deal as a consultant with the Chennai-based Sri Ramachandra University, which has collaborated with his cricket academy – Whatmore Centre of Cricket.

Kerala had a poor 2016-17 Ranji Trophy campaign in which they managed just one win in nine matches.

According to him, there is plenty of potential within Kerala. “Taking the lead in five out of the eight games says they’re doing something right. If you can do it in the first innings, surely there is potential, but players are getting lost somewhere. That is why the off-season is crucial,” he was quoted as saying by the website.

Whatmore has previously coached four international sides– Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. He’s the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).