IPL news January 1, 2012

Whatmore steps down as Knight Riders' coach

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Dav Whatmore has resigned as head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders IPL franchise. Whatmore is the favourite to become the next coach of Pakistan, and cited his inability to discharge his duties with the Knight Riders as he pursues an international role.

The PCB has invited Whatmore to Pakistan in the second week of January to discuss his appointment, and the Knight Riders expressed their support of his desire to coach a national team again. Whatmore is a former coach of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"We have been most supportive of Dav's keen interest in pursuing an international coaching role and wish him the very best," Venky Mysore, the chief executive of the Knight Riders, said. "His decision to resign is to ensure that Kolkata Knight Riders are able to plan for the transition and we thank him for that. We also thank him for all his contributions over the past two years"

Whatmore 's tenure with the Knight Riders lasted two seasons. In his first year, they finished sixth out of eight teams but a completely revamped side under captain Gautam Gambhir reached the knockouts in 2011 before losing to the Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator.

"The team has progressed in the right direction and as always, I wish the team continued success and look forward to them progressing to silverware in 2012," Whatmore said in a statement. Many thanks to those who have supported and believed in me."

The Knight Riders have begun a search for a new head coach and would like to have a replacement named before the IPL player auction on February 4. "The head coach is a very important role," Venky Mysore, the franchise's chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo. "It is important that the coach has ownership of things."

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • bharath74 on January 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    when moshin is doing gr8 job, why do u need dave whatmore??i guess subcontinent's obsession vt foreign coaches continues, i have never seen NZ,Aus,ENG hiring coaches from the subcontinent inspite of producing the greatest players. Language barrier will be the biggest problem for foreign coaches.

  • on January 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Coach should be former pakistani player....Most of pakistani players can not speak english....so foreign coach cannot communicate with them easily.....

  • on January 2, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    A coach would cost close to a 100,000 Dollars, per month ! Nobody works for peanuts. Some people are just clueless.

  • bill-iqbal on January 2, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    I agree with some that a local coach for Pakistan would be a better option. Most of our players are unable to communicate in English. However, we cannot negate the fact that a local coach brings with himself the baggage that we cannot afford. Do we have a local coach that can bring his experiences without the baggage. Food for thought!!!

  • Romenevans on January 2, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @ da_man_ - Indian here! LOL couldn't agree with you more. I'm sick of those "DLF Maximum Six and the boundaries are 50 meters only. ROFLMAO what a joke! This IPL circus is for those hopeless flat track oldies that are thrown out of the team and now have nothign to do in life. Look what stuart macgill said... "I want to Play in IPL, because my kids think im getting older" LOL!

  • on January 2, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Pakistan is doing well - undoubtedly Pak batting is much more consistent since S. Butt & Co. are kicked out of the team...... Pak Bowling is EVER GREEN..... In test cricket ranking Pak. could be at higher rank if Butt & co had done any justice to the nation and cricket, as Pak. lost close game against England and Australia. I am sure D. Whatmore will take it to another level if PCB provide him good support. GOOD LUCK PCB & WHATMORE!

  • on January 1, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Though expensive, but PCB needs someone with a positive atitude, unlike Mohsin and Misbah together going for one win out of fives, so hopfully, Whatmore can bring some changes.Pakistan is being able to beat any team anytime, but its just the defensive mode that brings out negitivity.

  • on January 1, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    i sincerely hope he won't end up like woolmer. all the best to him for working with PCB and team pak [if selected].

  • noplay on January 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Coaching is a job for highly skilled professionals. I wish some of us can it straight that hanging around a team and having a few ideas (which I also have) does not make one a coach

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    in my opinion,the pcb is doing wrong in making david whatmore next coach of pakistan and instead,they should continue with mohsin khan with whom the players seem settled and are boosting with confidence.

  • bharath74 on January 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    when moshin is doing gr8 job, why do u need dave whatmore??i guess subcontinent's obsession vt foreign coaches continues, i have never seen NZ,Aus,ENG hiring coaches from the subcontinent inspite of producing the greatest players. Language barrier will be the biggest problem for foreign coaches.

  • on January 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Coach should be former pakistani player....Most of pakistani players can not speak english....so foreign coach cannot communicate with them easily.....

  • on January 2, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    A coach would cost close to a 100,000 Dollars, per month ! Nobody works for peanuts. Some people are just clueless.

  • bill-iqbal on January 2, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    I agree with some that a local coach for Pakistan would be a better option. Most of our players are unable to communicate in English. However, we cannot negate the fact that a local coach brings with himself the baggage that we cannot afford. Do we have a local coach that can bring his experiences without the baggage. Food for thought!!!

  • Romenevans on January 2, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @ da_man_ - Indian here! LOL couldn't agree with you more. I'm sick of those "DLF Maximum Six and the boundaries are 50 meters only. ROFLMAO what a joke! This IPL circus is for those hopeless flat track oldies that are thrown out of the team and now have nothign to do in life. Look what stuart macgill said... "I want to Play in IPL, because my kids think im getting older" LOL!

  • on January 2, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Pakistan is doing well - undoubtedly Pak batting is much more consistent since S. Butt & Co. are kicked out of the team...... Pak Bowling is EVER GREEN..... In test cricket ranking Pak. could be at higher rank if Butt & co had done any justice to the nation and cricket, as Pak. lost close game against England and Australia. I am sure D. Whatmore will take it to another level if PCB provide him good support. GOOD LUCK PCB & WHATMORE!

  • on January 1, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Though expensive, but PCB needs someone with a positive atitude, unlike Mohsin and Misbah together going for one win out of fives, so hopfully, Whatmore can bring some changes.Pakistan is being able to beat any team anytime, but its just the defensive mode that brings out negitivity.

  • on January 1, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    i sincerely hope he won't end up like woolmer. all the best to him for working with PCB and team pak [if selected].

  • noplay on January 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Coaching is a job for highly skilled professionals. I wish some of us can it straight that hanging around a team and having a few ideas (which I also have) does not make one a coach

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    in my opinion,the pcb is doing wrong in making david whatmore next coach of pakistan and instead,they should continue with mohsin khan with whom the players seem settled and are boosting with confidence.

  • da_man_ on January 1, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I love reading pro-IPL comments (especially those from India) It strikes me, with these guys it ALWAYS boils down to money and profit. These people would justify anything with monetary gain and try to convince the rest of us that money is the sole objective. Cricket is about fun! It allows you to forget that outstanding loan, that essay you're struggling with, those pesky mid term exams. Vishal_07, what are you talking about??? Tests have been boring this year? The IPL is not the true form of cricket. You enjoy it, good for you. I for one am glad to not have to hear DLF maximum and other flagrant advertising in the sport thank you very much!

  • asim229 on January 1, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Such a waste of money from a poor country like pakistan to hire a foreign coach for 20000 dollars a month plus benefits. Pak players dont need coaching at this level. They just need someone who can communicate well with the players and manage the team not the coach. Coach is only needed at under19 or domestic level.

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Normally i would have said good move but the team with MOhsin Khan as coach seems to be doing just fine. why mess with a good thing

  • Vishal_07 on January 1, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    People forget that the reason cricket has made its players millionares is because of ODIs and now T20/20, not because of Test. It was not that long ago that cricket was dying because Test used to be so boring, draws after draws after playing for 5 days (6 days counting the rest). And thanks to IPL many players are recognized including Warner, Watson, Shaun Marsh, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma, Rohit Sharma and such!

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Good Luck to Pak and KKR may be Wasim can do much better job than others did. In my opinion Pak should have picked someone with in the Pak former players. It is hard for foreign coach and Pak players to communicate and understand each other, and that makes is very tough for both players and coach. Good luck to Whatmore and Team Pakistan in 2012!

  • jaanson on January 1, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    why is it not a surprise. he has a history of letting teams down. when he was coach of bangladesh till 2007 world cup he wanted to quit and be coach of indian team. fortunately bcci was not interested.then when he had a good thing going being a director of the bcci national cricket academy he quit midway to join kkr and now quits kkr to join pakistan. always looking for the extra buck. good riddance as far as kkr are concerned. pakistan has started to do well despite all their problems and he will take credit if they continue to improve

  • shamlaatu on January 1, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    For some cranky reason I don't see Whatmore bringing a significantly postive improvement in the Pak team. It looks he will just be a coach since every team has one. Its more of a formality thing to me. Personally I would have loved to see Dean Jones taking over the Pak's coach job. He has that "go getter" attitude without any compromise, and he knows exactly how things work in Pak cricket.

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Good Luck as pakistan's coach

  • HAMZA577 on January 1, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Thats good news he will be pakistan next coach inshallah

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Let Arun Lal be the coach, hes a Bengal Ranji legend, has long standing roots in Kolkata, international profile because of his commentary. Can connect with players from across the globe, and will be the right man to blood some young talent.

  • woodhaven on January 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @ yougander reddy-- KKR lost because of ghambir's captaincy. he is such a horrible captain and his player rotation is awful. whatmore is like midas touch. wherever he goes, he turns stone into gold

  • srini1088 on January 1, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I don knw wy people always jump on IPL whereever they get a chance...IPL might not be the purest form of cricket but IPL has made cricket a profession for 100s of cricketers in the country...it has brought corporate interest in the game which has enabled whole lot of first class cricketers make sufficient amount of money out of cricket...this ll only help in encouragin more and more people takin cricket as a profession and not jus a passion...

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Good decision to get a move on. Kavindeven you dont watch IPL does not mean no one watches it. Its a profitable venture and thats why international stars come here and play

  • Avi56 on January 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    KKR have Wasim Akram Still there...Make him the coach simple as that....You cannot ask for a better on than a Legend himself

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    It is a good thing for kkr and a bad one for pak...

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    He is nothing great just a mediocre !! If kkr reached ipl 4 semis its due to gambhir's great aggressive captaincy skills and players lipke iqbal abdulla and kallis

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Greg Chappel should be the coach of KKR

  • crikbuff on January 1, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Well done! 2012 starts with some good news in cricket. Geoff Marsh shd also quit IPL. Also hoping for some cricketers to listen to their conscience and stop playing IPL, and focus on international and test cricket.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    now what?????? its a very crucial stage for Pak cricket. Pak cricket should not be affected by this decision. And if he is to be named as Pak head coach then he should only be named after this all important series. And one more thing, Mohsin Kahn should be kept as batting consultant cause players seems to be settled with him. Cheers!!!

  • sarathchandra.... on January 1, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Good decision by Dav.......

  • Romenevans on January 1, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Good job Dav. Anyway who cares for IPL? Nobody watch it. Yes i'm an india and IPL is the worst ever thing happened to Indian cricket. Good luck as a coach for Pakistan team.

  • smalishah84 on January 1, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Whatmore seems like a good choice for Pakistan

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Well come to Pakistan Dav!!!!!!!

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  • on January 1, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Well come to Pakistan Dav!!!!!!!

  • smalishah84 on January 1, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Whatmore seems like a good choice for Pakistan

  • Romenevans on January 1, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Good job Dav. Anyway who cares for IPL? Nobody watch it. Yes i'm an india and IPL is the worst ever thing happened to Indian cricket. Good luck as a coach for Pakistan team.

  • sarathchandra.... on January 1, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Good decision by Dav.......

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    now what?????? its a very crucial stage for Pak cricket. Pak cricket should not be affected by this decision. And if he is to be named as Pak head coach then he should only be named after this all important series. And one more thing, Mohsin Kahn should be kept as batting consultant cause players seems to be settled with him. Cheers!!!

  • crikbuff on January 1, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Well done! 2012 starts with some good news in cricket. Geoff Marsh shd also quit IPL. Also hoping for some cricketers to listen to their conscience and stop playing IPL, and focus on international and test cricket.

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Greg Chappel should be the coach of KKR

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    He is nothing great just a mediocre !! If kkr reached ipl 4 semis its due to gambhir's great aggressive captaincy skills and players lipke iqbal abdulla and kallis

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    It is a good thing for kkr and a bad one for pak...

  • Avi56 on January 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    KKR have Wasim Akram Still there...Make him the coach simple as that....You cannot ask for a better on than a Legend himself