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Whatmore steps down as Knight Riders' coach

Tariq Engineer

January 1, 2012

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KKR coach Dav Whatmore is all smiles after snapping up Shane Bond, Mumbai, January 19, 2010
Dav Whatmore is the favourite to become the next coach of Pakistan © Getty Images
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.....

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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].

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

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