Will stay on for India tour April 20, 2007

Whatmore quits as Bangladesh coach

Cricinfo staff



Dav Whatmore: will stay on for the India tour © Getty Images
Dav Whatmore has stepped down as Bangladesh's coach, deciding against renewing his contract which expires at the end of the month.

Earlier this month, Whatmore expressed his interest in coaching India following Greg Chappell's resignation in the aftermath of India's quick exit from the World Cup. Whatmore's comments didn't go down well with the Bangladesh Cricket Board, which stated that it could affect the morale of the team.

He has, however, agreed to remain in charge until the end of May, to allow the BCB to find and appoint his successor and also to guide the side through the Test and one-day series at home to India.

Whatmore, 53, took over as Bangladesh's coach in 2003. Gradually, he led them to a number of successes that point to an encouraging future for a side who have struggled to rid themselves of their label as minnows and underdogs. They beat both India and South Africa in the current World Cup and there is little doubt that he has given the side credibility and a real hope for the future.