Dav Whatmore will assist Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, and the United Arab Emirates with their preparations for the 2015 World Cup, it was announced on Thursday (May 8). Whatmore’s new role is part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) High Performance Programme (HPP).
Whatmore, who has previously coached Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will work closely with the ICC High Performance Manager in an advisory and supporting capacity with each of the four teams in the lead-up to the event that will take place in Australia and New Zealand from February next year. He will meet all the four teams’ coaches during the ICC HPP Support Staff Forum, which opens on May 14 in Scotland, to begin his new role.
Whatmore’s most recent tenure was as the Pakistan coach, which ended in February this year, and he said he was looking forward to his new role. “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the leading Associate and Affiliate teams during such a memorable period in world cricket,” he said. “We have seen some amazing performances recently from these teams, and, over the next 10 months, I look forward to being able to assist in honing their performances even further.
“The ICC Cricket World Cup is the world’s biggest stage for any cricketer. It takes hard work, dedication and motivation to succeed at such a huge global event, as well as unflinching confidence. I hope to be able to assist on all of these fronts to ensure that Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the UAE fire on all cylinders from the moment they arrive in Australia and New Zealand next year.”
Whatmore has previously coached Sri Lanka to the World Cup title in 1996, and his appointment was welcomed by the ICC and the regular coaches of all four teams he will work with.
“We welcome Dav Whatmore to this important advisory role,” said David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive. “Dav’s extensive coaching experience, including leading Sri Lanka to its unforgettable ICC Cricket World Cup victory in 1996, will provide excellent support and expertise to the four qualifying teams as they put the finishing touches on their preparations for cricket’s premier one-day tournament.”
Phil Simmons, the former West Indies batsman and present Ireland coach, felt that Whatmore’s addition would give the team an extra edge to their preparations. “Ireland is focused on making a big impact in Australia and New Zealand in 10 months’ time, and we have detailed plans in place to make sure we do just that. With Dav’s knowledge and experience, we will gain an extra edge in our preparations,” said Simmons, under whose tenure Ireland completed a unique treble, winning the World Cricket League Championship, the World Twenty20 Qualifier, and the Intercontinental Cup, becoming the first team to win three ICC events across three formats in a single season.
Kabir Khan, the former Pakistan pacer who has been the long-time Afghanistan coach, also welcomed Whatmore’s inclusion, saying: “Afghanistan has a rigorous schedule of training and fixtures in the lead-up to its maiden appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup. This will be the biggest event we have ever participated in, and the extra support from Dav Whatmore will be an excellent addition to our preparations.”
Craig Wright, who coached Scotland to victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier earlier this year, felt that Whatmore’s addition would help Scotland boost the momentum they gained from winning that tournament.
“Scotland performed strongly under pressure to win the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier earlier this year, and with insight from someone as experienced as Dav, we have the opportunity over the coming months to not just keep up that momentum, but boost it even further,” he said.
Aaqib Javed, a member of the World Cup-winning Pakistan side of 1992 and the current coach of the UAE, was also looking forward to working with Whatmore. “We are very focused on our one-day preparations over the next 10 months, and the opportunity to work alongside Dav Whatmore as we fine-tune our programmes and training is very exciting for us.”