View Full Version : Whatmore aims to make Tigers roar

April 21, 2005, 12:24 PM
By Anna Thompson

Dav Whatmore is not a man who likes to leave jobs half done.

Which is why he has agreed to a contract extension as Bangladesh coach, with his next big task their first ever tour of England.

He can see there is talent in a squad which has been struggling along since it was launched into the Test arena five years ago.

The 51-year-old told BBC Sport: "My employers were very, very keen I stay with them and they have been pretty happy with the progress of the team."

Whatmore has been Bangladesh coach since June 2003 and under his tutelage they won their first Test series, beating Zimbabwe 1-0 in January this year, and have also recorded a one-day win over India in Calcutta.

Whatmore says a new domestic four-day competition in the country and the implementation of a high performance unit have improved Bangladeshi cricket in the last couple of years.

He said: "There are continuing challenges along the way because the national team has only begun their journey.

"They are pretty much a young group of players, not necessarily in years but in experience.

"I went in with my eyes open and I feel the real improvement will take a little bit longer than perhaps I first expected.

"Having said that we are definitely on the right track and there is talent. There are a few more youngsters who definitely will play for their country in time."

Whatmore and his squad will head to England next month for a two-Test series and the one-day NatWest Series, which incorporates world champions Australia.

It is not going to be easy for Whatmore - especially as his side have never played in English conditions in May - but he is hoping they will put up a fight.

"It's going to be extremely tough, there is no question about it," Whatmore admitted.

"But having said that we are keen to make an impression to really test and push the opposition.

"I'm not going to make predictions but we are looking forward to the tour very much.

"In Test matches, we are playing the second-ranked team in the world so that's very difficult in itself and in the home conditions is even more difficult."

It is going to be a steep learning curve for the side but Whatmore believes this could be a positive thing.

"What I want to see is mistakes that are made not being repeated too often and our objectives are to do well in the game and for individual players to meet their targets.

"If I go on certain comments made by people in England they feel none of the Bangladesh players can play.

"But that's a nice little carrot for our boys to motivate themselves to do well.

"We are in the process of making stars, we haven't got the stars yet. It's exciting to be a part of a group who is striving to reach that level."

Although Whatmore has signed a two-year deal, the chance of becoming India coach is still a big attraction and he is not ruling it out in the near future.

But for now he is concentrating on Bangladesh and their progression in the Test and one-day arenas.

"I'd like to translate a lot of our effort into a few more wins along the way," he said.

But against England and Australia that is going to be a tough ask indeed.


Edited on, April 21, 2005, 5:25 PM GMT, by TheWatcher.

April 21, 2005, 12:51 PM

Desh Bangla
April 21, 2005, 01:44 PM
We won against India in Dhaka , Bangladesh not in Calcutta ......

April 21, 2005, 05:15 PM
I never knew you could be named forum abuser after 16 posts but anyways.... you are right. We did not play in Calcutta. Bad editting by the editors.

April 21, 2005, 11:33 PM
"I went in with my eyes open and I feel the real improvement will take a little bit longer than perhaps I first expected.

What do you make of this?

Desh Bangla
April 21, 2005, 11:45 PM
Originally posted by aka
I never knew you could be named forum abuser after 16 posts but anyways.... you are right. We did not play in Calcutta. Bad editting by the editors.

Haha i got a great title . In one way it's different from others . I can't remember who did i abuse anyway i should tell someone who cares ..

April 22, 2005, 01:09 AM
How do you get the title of forum abuser?

April 22, 2005, 01:28 AM
Kenya still has ODI Status...right?
After couple of month long dispute, most of the Kenyan Players are back to the Kenyan National Team. Kenya now has their strength back. On the other hand, after the England tour, Bangladesh does not have any international cricket scheduled until October. I guess, we should invite Kenya for an ODI series in Bangladesh. Kenya beat Bangladesh almost all the time. It will be an acid test to see where Bangladesh stands now compare to Kenya. After all those Test and ODI experience, if we see Bangladesh still loosing to them....it will be very painful.

Here is the Present Bangladesh Stat against Kenya:

ODI= 7
Kenya won = 6
Bangladesh won = 1

ICC Match = 4
Kenya won = 1
Bangladesh won = 3

Desh Bangla
April 22, 2005, 01:33 AM
We should have one in September also We don't have stadium to play . If they come then where they gonna play ? It's very hot and humid now in the country as well as rain . If Kenyan come they might play on your Background . lol . Do ya have enough space ? And ya can provide the cost too . There's no point to play such games which is not an official game for a test playing nation .... So now ya got it why we can't invite them . Kenyan Cricket Board have been broken in a piece too .

Edited on, April 22, 2005, 7:18 AM GMT, by Desh Bangla.

April 22, 2005, 01:54 AM
Well said.