ZC boss backs Whatmore

HARARE - New Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani has thrown his weight behind national team coach Dav Whatmore insisting he is capable of turning around the fortunes of the team.

The former Australian cricketer penned a four-year deal with ZC after initially taking charge of the team for a short stint at the World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February.

Whatmore brought optimism and discipline in the national team although the locals struggled for positive results.

The 61-year-old gaffer has coached several Test-playing nations such as his native Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

He has also had stints with India’s national academy as well as England County Cricket side Lancashire.

“As far as the current technical staff is concerned Dav Whatmore is a very good coach. Not only does he have what it takes to lead the nation, he has been in a limited resource setting like Bangladesh which is like Zimbabwe,” Mukuhlani said.

The ZC chief spoke as the Chevrons have struggled for results under Whatmore.

“I wouldn’t expect that he will not be able to grasp the facts or our vision because I believe where we are today mirrors where Bangladesh was at some stage which is where he was so he has been in those conditions before,’ said Mukuhlani.

“But we have a duty to put a policy framework that allows him to deliver what we want him to deliver and that is the purpose of our administration.

“We are going to look at his work plan, where he wants to go, his constraints, his strengths, the strengths of his squad, what he wants for the squad to get to better levels of play, what is achievable within the short-term and even the medium-term and give him a policy framework to work from so that he achieves.

“So it’s not like we are going back to say ‘take your contract from the drawer we are going to start afresh what did the previous administration offer you?’ No, we are not going to do that,” added Mukuhlani.

Whatmore is credited for having masterminded Sri Lanka’s famous World Cup win in 1996 after which he also guided Lancashire to a one-day double in 1998 and a national league title in 1999.

In 2004, he took over as Bangladesh coach, a nation that had not won a single match in four years but the turning point was a Test victory against Zimbabwe in Chittagong which subsequently led to their first series win after a draw in Dhaka.

The following year saw Bangladesh beating Australia at Cardiff and in 2007 still under the tutelage of Whatmore, they qualified for the Super Eights after beating neighbours India.

Whatmore then left Bangladesh after agreeing terms with India to coach their national academy in 2007 before switching to Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009.

His last stop before joining Zimbabwe this year was Pakistan which he joined in 2012.

Comments (4)

Dav Whatmore is a good coach. Us as a country we need to put ourselves in order. Lest spread the cricket game locally so as to have a big pool to select from. Our team is not bad but I dont expect it to beat the world on regular basis. At least they now score 200 plus in One day games, which is an achievement. Lest aim for 300, we might start to win.

X-MAN IV - 9 September 2015

I think our weakest link is the bowling coach, please ZC find someone else other than Dougie Hondo. The bowling is not hungry enough, there is no bite and their technique at times leaks a lot of runs. Once hit our boys will continue to get hit and fail to come back

abdul mullah - 16 September 2015

abdul mullah, let whatmore decide for himself who he needs as his assistants as he is the head coach!

Maila Bango - 23 September 2015

Whatmore is a good coach.I just find it difficult to believe that the pool of players we have is the best in the country.If so then the problem we have in this country is pure lack of talent !!!Most these guys playing in our team wont even make it club cricket in SA.I think we need new talent that we will nature.We give them 5 years and see how it will go from there because clearly with these guys there is nothing more we can expext.What experience does Dougie Hondo have to be the bowling coach??He failed to even prove himself as a player so what makes you think he can then teach these boys good lines and good tactical bowling.We need good people who are experienced up there.But we just need to get talented people.

hills - 29 September 2015

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