Dav Whatmore

Dav Whatmore

Dav Whatmore

INTL CAREER: 1979 - 1980

Full Name

Davenell Frederick Whatmore


March 16, 1954, Colombo, Ceylon


67y 265d

Batting Style

Right hand bat




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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A262404649919.330280
List A266311/31/
Dav Whatmore at a press conference
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
1975/76 - 1988/89
List A Matches
1976/77 - 1987/88


Arun Lal and Dav Whatmore: both 60+ and working in Indian domestic cricket
Dav Whatmore and a group of Zimbabwe cricketers take part in the ICC's Cricket For Good programme
Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore meets the mother of the late Manzarul Islam
Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore visits the house of the late Manzarul Islam
Dav Whatmore gives batting tips at a nets session
Dav Whatmore helps Chris Mpofu loosen up