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Dav Whatmore

Davenell Frederick "Dav" Whatmore (born 16 March 1954) is an Australian cricket coach and former cricketer who is current coach of Kerala cricket team.

A right-handed batsman, Whatmore played seven Test matches for Australia in 1979, and one One Day International in 1980. At first-class level, he scored over 6,000 runs for Victoria.

Since the 1990s, Whatmore has coached the Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan national cricket teams. In December 2014, he was appointed coach of the Zimbabwe team. With poor performances in 2016 ICC World Twenty20, Zimbabwe Cricket Board sacked Whatmore from coaching.[1]

Early life

Whatmore was born in Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) and was educated at Royal College, Colombo. He and his family migrated to Australia in 1962. Thereafter he lived in Mentone, a suburb of Melbourne and studied at Mentone Grammar School.[2]

Playing career

Whatmore made his first class debut in 1975–76 touring South Africa with a Derek Robins XI. He debuted for Victoria at the end of that summer and in the next season became an important part of the Victorian team, being appointed vice captain under Graham Yallop.

Whatmore's first century came against South Australia[3] which he followed with one against New South Wales.[4]

Whatmore started the 1978–79 domestic season slowly, but eventually found form and became one of the most successful batsman that season. He also had to captain Victoria when Yallop was absent due to test duty, and played a vital role in the state winning the Sheffield Shield that summer.

International career

A century against Queensland late in the season[5] saw him selected in the Australian team to play Pakistan, replacing Peter Toohey.[6]

Whatmore impressed in his first test, top scoring in Australia's first innings with 43.[7] He had to open in the second innings when Graeme Wood was unfit but only scored 15.[8]

Whatmore was picked in the Australian squad for the 1979 World Cup.[9]

He was also selected in the side that toured India in 1979.[10] Whatmore's main challenger for a position in the side appears to have been Graeme Wood.[11] Illness to Rick Darling saw both selected – Whatmore scored 20 and 8.[12]

Whatmore was dropped for the second test but 60 in a tour game saw him back in the team for the third test.[13][14] Whatmore made 14 and 33, the latter Australia's top score in the second innings.[15]

Whatmore's best test batting came in the fourth test, with scores of 77 and 54; the latter knock was especially crucial as it helped Australia escape with a draw.[16]

"He hits the ball cleanly and effortlessly and he's a natural shot maker", said captain Kim Hughes. "He's got the makings of a really top player."[17]

However, in the fifth test Whatmore made 4 and 4[18] and in the 6th 6 and 0.[19] When Whatmore returned to Australian the World Series Cricket players had been readmitted to first class cricket and Whatmore lost his test place. However, he remained in good form for Victoria, and helped them win another Sheffield Shield. He played one ODI for Australia in the 1979–80 summer,[20] was 12th man for another[21] and was selected in the initial 18 man squad to go to Pakistan in early 1980.[22] (He did not end up going).

Later playing career

Whatmore suffered a dip in form in 1980–81 and 81-82 seasons and was dropped from the Sheffield Shield Squad at one stage.[23] However he bounced back and enjoyed his best ever season in 1987–88, making 912 runs at an average of 50.

Dav Whatmore in Nepal
Dav Whatmore in Nepal 2017

Coaching career

Sri Lanka

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 cricketing nations . Whatmore coached them to their first Test match victory early in 2005.[24] Bangladesh shocked the cricket world later that year with a victory over then top ranked Australia[25] 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 29 May.[26]

Chances in England, India and Pakistan

After announcing his intentions to not renew his contract, Whatmore was not linked with the job of national cricket coaches of India in any way the same goes for 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.[27] He was then appointed as the Director of the National Cricket Academy in 2007 and later took charge of the India under-19 team, which would go on to win the 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia with Virat Kohli leading the team.

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 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.[28]

Indian Premier League

Whatmore was the coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders team from 2010 to 2011. In 2010, they finished 5th and were again eliminated in group stage. In 2011, they entered knockout stage as they were 4th in group stage, but lost to Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator. On 1 January 2012 he stepped down as the coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders.


On 4 March 2012, Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Whatmore as head coach of Pakistan (replacing interim coach Mohsin Khan) for a two-year signed contract. His first assignment was a successful one as Pakistan lifted the Asia Cup after beating Bangladesh in the Final. He left the coaching position when his contract ended in 2014. He was replaced by Moin Khan.[29]


On 30 December 2014, Whatmore was appointed as head coach by the Zimbabwe Cricket Board.[30] He was sacked on 31 May 2016 with 9 months remaining on his contract.[31]

Kerala (India)

Dav Whatmore has been appointed as head coach by Kerala Cricket Association for 2017-18 season.[32] During 2017–18 Ranji Trophy, Kerala's men's cricket team reached the quarter-final of Ranji Trophy for the first time.[33] In 2018-19 Ranji Trophy, they moved a step ahead and for first time played in semi-finals.[34] Dav Whatmore has been credited for creating a long-standing impact on Kerala cricket.[35][36]

See also


  1. ^ "Zimbabwe sack Masakadza, Whatmore". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ Dav Whatmore Up close and personal Archived 11 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "VICTORIA SET FOR BIG SCORE". The Canberra Times. 10 December 1977. p. 44. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Victorians on top in Melbourne". The Canberra Times. 26 December 1977. p. 12. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "SHEFFIELD SHIELD". The Canberra Times. 4 March 1979. p. 24. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "SPORTS SECTION". The Canberra Times. 6 March 1979. p. 1 Section: SPORTS SECTION. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Imran Khan the wrecker". The Canberra Times. 12 March 1979. p. 21. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Australia in long chase". The Canberra Times. 15 March 1979. p. 1 Section: SPORTS SECTION. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Cup squad surprises". The Canberra Times. 7 April 1979. p. 45. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Australian cricketers leave for India". The Canberra Times. 22 August 1979. p. 44. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Puzzle on Test eve". The Canberra Times. 11 September 1979. p. 20. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
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  13. ^ "CRICKET Make-or-break time". The Canberra Times. 30 September 1979. p. 19. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
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  16. ^ "CRICKET Australia 413, forces Test to be drawn". The Canberra Times. 19 October 1979. p. 22. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  17. ^ "CRICKET Team effort by Australia highlight of Test draw". The Canberra Times. 20 October 1979. p. 37. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
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  21. ^ "Two hurdles for Australia". The Canberra Times. 14 January 1980. p. 16. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  22. ^ "Four decline to tour Pakistan". The Canberra Times. 10 January 1980. p. 18. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  23. ^ "Real chance for NSW". The Canberra Times. 25 January 1985. p. 24. Retrieved 28 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  24. ^ Cricinfo – Enamul ends the long wait
  25. ^ Cricinfo – The toppling of the greatest giant of all
  26. ^ Cricinfo – Whatmore quits as Bangladesh coach
  27. ^ BCCI to invite Graham Ford for talks
  28. ^ Cricinfo – Whatmore's surprise at Ranatunga 'criticism'
  29. ^ "Moin named new Pakistan coach, Sohail removed as selector". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  30. ^ "Dav Whatmore appointed Zimbabwe coach". Sky Sports. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  31. ^ "Zimbabwe replace Dav Whatmore with Makhaya Ntini". BBC Sports. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  32. ^ "Whatmore to coach Kerala in 2017-18". ESPNcricinfo. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  33. ^ "Ranji Trophy: In historic first, Kerala join defending champions Gujarat in quarter-finals - Times of India". The Times of India.
  34. ^ "Ranji Trophy 2018-19: First time semi-finalist Kerala look to turn tables on defending champion Vidharba- Firstcricket News, Firstpost". FirstCricket.
  35. ^ "'Focus on the common goal' - how Dav Whatmore turned Kerala's fortunes around". ESPNcricinfo. 23 January 2019.
  36. ^ "The 'Whatmore effect' which changed Kerala cricket's fortunes". OnManorama.

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