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ICC World Cup, 2007


BCB convenes emergency meeting on Dav Whatmore

06 April 2007

After criticizing Dav Whatmore's interest in India job in the middle of the world cup campaign, Bangladesh Cricket Board has now convened an emergency meeting on April 10 to discuss the fate of Dav Whatmore as Bangladesh coach.

It is learned that BCB members are divided in their opinions and Whatmore lost some grounds after expressing his willingness to take vacant India position in the middle of the most crucial world cup campaign of Bangladesh. Board general secretary Mahbub Anam clarified BCB's position about convening the meeting.

"We've convened an emergency meeting of the board on April 10 when we will discuss the Dav Whatmore issue,"

"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," Anam added.

 Whatmore under scrutiny.

Whatmore under scrutiny © Cricinfo

Whatmore enjoyed good support from the board and it was highly anticipated that he will be offered an extended contract after taking Bangladesh to the second round of world cup for the first time. Whatmore's current contract expires in May.

Earlier BCB joint secretary Riazuddin Al Mamun criticized Whatmore after he expressed his interest in succeeding Greg Chappell as India coach in a television interview with CNN-IBN. While some board members are pledging support for Whatmore who is the main man behind Bangladesh?s recent success, some of them are critical about the timing of Whatmore's interview and interest.

Anam in his interview also praised Whatmore's work to lift Bangladesh's cricket and credited him for recent success in world cup.

"It was a tremendous performance, we set the goal of winning a place in the Super Eights and we have just won that. Definitely it was a great performance by the team and the coach. Under him the team has grown. We are no longer the same old team."

Bangladesh has little time to respire after world cup as they face India for 2 tests and 3 ODI's which starts on May 10.

  • From Internet by Khonadker Mirazur Rahman



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