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May 8, 2014

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Dav Whatmore surveys proceedings, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day, September 10, 2013
Dav Whatmore will guide Afghanistan, Scotland, Ireland and UAE in their preparations for the 2015 World Cup © AFP
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Dav Whatmore will assist Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and UAE in their preparations for the 2015 World Cup after joining the ICC High Performance Programme (HPP) in an advisory role.

Whatmore, who has had coaching stints with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, will begin his new role during the ICC HPP Support Staff Forum that opens on 14 May in Scotland, where he will also meet the coaches from the four teams.

"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the leading Associate and Affiliate teams during such a memorable period in world cricket," Whatmore said. "We have seen some amazing performances recently from these teams, and, over the next 10 months, I look forward to being able to assist in honing their performances even further.

"The ICC Cricket World Cup is the world's biggest stage for any cricketer. It takes hard work, dedication and motivation to succeed at such a huge global event, as well as unflinching confidence. I hope to be able to assist on all of these fronts to ensure that Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the UAE fire on all cylinders from the moment they arrive in Australia and New Zealand next year."

The appointment of Whatmore, whose crowning moment was leading Sri Lanka to World Cup glory in 1996, was welcomed by the four teams, as well as by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, who believed that Whatmore could provide much-needed expertise to the Associate countries.

Phil Simmons and Craig Wright, the coaches of Ireland and Scotland, cited Whatmore's vast experience as a big plus for their teams in the lead-up to next year's showpiece event while Aqib Javed, the UAE coach, said that the prospect of working alongside the Australian was an "exciting opportunity".

For Afghanistan, who will be playing their first ever 50-over World Cup after finishing second in last year's World Cricket League Championship, the assistance provided by Whatmore could be crucial in helping the team overcome a packed schedule over the next few months.

"Afghanistan has a rigorous schedule of training and fixtures in the lead-up to its maiden appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup," Kabir Khan, the Afghanistan coach, said. "This will be the biggest event we have ever participated in, and the extra support from Dav Whatmore will be an excellent addition to our preparations."

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Posted by Alexk400 on (May 9, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

He is good coach for teams that is young and wants to grow.

Posted by Arif.Dost on (May 8, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

Thanks Watmore In Shah allah Afghanistan will be Shine In World Cup and They Work Hard To Get Some Achivements In Their First World Cup In Shah allah Arif Dost

Posted by slazenger on (May 8, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Good luck Dave!. You're a good coach. Hope ICC will use your knowledge.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

good luck Dav. he is good coach and will help these nations.

what icc need to do is to give these countries more games against full members. only cash and these hpps will not help much. yes full nations have a busy calender these days but many countries can get 5-6 first choice international players with some young guys to play couple of games with these countries here and there. even during ipl, many countries can do that. not full first choice players but can certainly do half of that with some young talent. pakistan doesnt play in ipl, and some others also have few players playing. so it can be workable.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

ICC should ensure these gets more opportunity to play against full members.I know full members are also having very busy schedule & difficult to accomodate these teams,from Bangladesh.

Posted by virendra_s on (May 8, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

The only way to practice is to get more games against full members which is not going to happen

Posted by Twinkie on (May 8, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

Hope it helps. Enjoyed watching these nations play in WT20. Great commitment and great sportsmanship. No controversy. The more, the merrier!

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