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Dav Whatmore
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Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style -
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 7 1
Runs scored 293 2
Batting average 22.53 2.00
100s/50s -/2 -/-
Top score 77 2
Balls bowled 30 -
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 13/- -/-
Source: Cricinfo, 12 December 2005

Davenell Frederick Whatmore (born 16 March 1954, Colombo, Sri Lanka) is a former international cricketer who represented Australia. He had a very short international career from March 1979 to January 1980 in which he played just 7 Test matches and 1 One Day International. At first-class level, he scored over 6,000 runs for Victoria.

Whatmore retired from professional cricket in 1988/89 to pursue a career in coaching. He coached Sri Lanka in two separate spells, during the first of which he won the 1996 Cricket World Cup. In between those spells, he coached Lancashire where he won the National League in 1998 and 1999, and the NatWest Trophy in 1998.

From 2003 to 2007, he had been coaching Bangladesh. Under his coaching, Bangladesh enjoyed relative success, coming from a side that could rarely win matches at all, to a team that can occasionally surprise even the most powerful cricket countries. Whatmore coached them to their first Test match victory early in 2005.[1] Bangladesh shocked the cricket world later that year with a victory over then top ranked Australia[2] and then South Africa when they were top ranked during the 2007 World Cup, where they also defeated India to reach the Super 8 stage. Whatmore announced his resignation from the Bangladeshi team after the conclusion of their matches at the 2007 World Cup. He stayed on until the conclusion of their home series against India on May 29.[3] After announcing his intentions to not renew his contract, Whatmore was strongly linked with the job of national cricket coaches of India, England and Pakistan. But England named Peter Moores as their new coach while India appointed Ravi Shastri as the temporary national coach. Since Shastri declared that he was not interested in the job long-term, Whatmore was considered as a strong contender for the role of coach. During India's 2007 tour of Bangladesh, talks took place between him and BCCI officials, and although it seemed he was the favourite to get the job, on 4 June 2007, BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan, a member of the Search Committee announced that Graham Ford and John Emburey had been invited for talks, hinting that Dav Whatmore was not under consideration anymore.[4]

Whatmore was one of the three men interviewed by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the coaching job of the national team, but Geoff Lawson was preferred for the job after former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga suggested to the PCB that they not choose Whatmore for the job. Whatmore had had problems with Ranatunga in the past while he was the coach of the Sri Lankan national team and both of them used to speak against each other quite frequently in the media. [5]

Whatmore will coach the Kolkata Knight Riders in the third season of the Indian Premier League.[6]


  1. ^ Cricinfo - Enamul ends the long wait
  2. ^ Cricinfo - The toppling of the greatest giant of all
  3. ^ Cricinfo - Whatmore quits as Bangladesh coach
  4. ^ BCCI to invite Graham Ford for talks
  5. ^ Cricinfo - Whatmore's surprise at Ranatunga 'criticism'
  6. ^ "Whatmore Is New KKR Coach, Ganguly To Captain Again". Cricket World. 6th November 2009. Retrieved 11th November 2009.  

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