Full name Davenell Frederick Whatmore
Born March 16, 1954, Colombo, Ceylon
Current age 63 years 44 days
Major teams Australia, Dolphins, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||Australia v Pakistan at Melbourne, Mar 10-15, 1979 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Australia at Mumbai, Nov 3-7, 1979 scorecard|
|Only ODI||Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Jan 18, 1980 scorecard|
|First-class span||1975/76 - 1988/89|
|List A span||1976/77 - 1987/88|
Dav Whatmore was born in Sri Lanka before emigrating to Australia as a child. A right-handed batsman and brilliant slip fieldsman, he scored prolifically in the Sheffield Shield for Victoria, going onto play seven Test matches for Australia during the Packer era with modest success. He retired in 1988-89 to pursue a career in coaching.
He masterminded Sri Lanka's famous World Cup win in 1996, and after a brief spell at Lancashire - where he saw them win a one-day double in 1998, and the National League in 1999 - went back for a second term. His greatest challenge, however, came in 2003, when he took over as Bangladesh's coach, and immediately brought a new optimism and discipline to a team that had not won a single match for four years.
But Bangladesh continued to be routinely beaten (often by huge margins), although Whatmore was adamant that the team would turn the corner. Finally, the moment that Bangladesh cricket had been waiting for arrived, when they beat Zimbabwe at Chittagong, and went on to claim their first series win by drawing at Dhaka - Whatmore joining in the joyous scenes on the outfield. He has also improved their one-day fortunes, a victory over India and a comeback from 2-0 down to beat Zimbabwe suggested Whatmore's optimism was bringing rewards.
There continued to be ups and downs. In 2005 his side memorably beat Australia at Cardiff and the following year they gave account a good account of themselves in a home Tests series against the same opposition. But they also struggled against Zimbabwe in the same year. At the 2007 World Cup Bangladesh beat India, helping to send their neighbours packing, and qualified for the Super Eights. It wasn't enough to keep Whatmore interested, and he quit at the end of the tournament.
He was keen to get the India job vacated by Greg Chappell around the same time but was instead offered a role in the country's National Cricket Academy, which he accepted. In 2009 he replaced John Buchanan as the Kolkata Knight Riders coach in the IPL - taking charge for the 2010 and 2011 editions - before moving on to a national role with Pakistan in 2012.
Cricinfo staff March 2012
Pick your two spinners for our all-time IPL XI and help put together the team with our panel of experts
ESPNcricinfo's review of where the teams stand at the halfway stage of the IPL season, and what they must do moving forward to clinch a spot in the playoffs
The best, the worst and everything in between from the past ten days of the IPL's tenth season
We celebrate Misbah and Younis' immeasurable careers by picking 15 of their most memorable moments
Younis Khan was also the oldest man to reach the landmark, as well as the sixth fastest
Two wins, six losses and a washout. With only five more matches to go for them, Royal Challengers Bangalore can lose another match and still make it to playoffs
To start with, stop thinking of players as batsmen, bowlers and allrounders; it's far more nuanced than that
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha on preparations for England, and his team's recent success in Sri Lanka
Atif Mashal, the chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, talks about his plans for cricket in the country during his tenure
Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Kane Williamson struck a 26-ball fifty and outpaced his more illustrious T20 shoo-ins