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Whatmore looks to India
Bangladesh cricket coach Dav Whatmore throws his hat into the Indian coaching ring.
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2007 12:28 GMT

Whatmore, right, speaks with umpires Aleem Dar, 2nd right, and Billy Bowden at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium  [AFP]

Bangladesh cricket chiefs will convene an emergency meeting next week to discuss national coach Dav Whatmore's future after he joined the race to succeed Greg Chappell as new coach of India, an official said.
Whatmore has emerged as one of the frontrunners to succeed fellow Australian Greg Chappell as coach of India, one of the hottest and toughest jobs in cricket, after Chappell quit his job following India's disastrous World Cup campaign.

"We've convened an emergency meeting of the board on April 10 when we will discuss the Dav Whatmore issue," Mahbub Anam, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) general secretary, said.

"We have read some of his interviews in the media.

"Before the meeting, we will talk to him about these interviews and reports. And then we will discuss all the issues in the meeting," he added.

Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup victory in 1996, has earned respect in Bangladesh after his young team pulled off a string of victories against some of the world's top teams, ironically including a memorable defeat of India in the Caribbean.

"I'm definitely interested," Whatmore told Thursday's Times of India in reference to the vacant coaching role.

Whatmore's contract with Bangladesh expires after the World Cup, in which the Bangladeshis still have four more Super Eight matches to play after they surprisingly progressed to the second round of the tournament triggering celebrations all over the cricket-mad south Asian country.

"It was a tremendous performance," Anam said.

"We set the goal of winning a place in the Super Eight and we have just won that.

"Definitely it was a great performance by the team and the coach."

Previous interest

Anam, a leading businessman in Bangladesh, played a key role in persuading Whatmore to take over Bangladesh in 2003.

"We had to chase him for months. Under him the team has grown," Anam said.

"We are no longer the same old team."

The 53 year-old Australian previously showed interest in coaching India when Chappell took over two years ago, with the local media reporting that the BCB doubled Whatmore's salary and added more perks to keep him in Bangladesh at the time.

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