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Whatmore to help Afghans prepare for World Cup

Whatmore to help Afghans prepare for World Cup

May 09, 2014 - 11:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Renowned coach Dav Whatmore would help Afghanistaninfo-icon, Ireland, Scotland and the UAE prepare for the 2015 Worldinfo-icon Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Friday.

Whatmore, who has previously coached Bangladesh, Pakistaninfo-icon and Sri Lanka, will work closely with the ICC High Performance manager and each of the four teams in an advisory and support role as they prepare for the big event.

A statement from ICC said Whatmore would begin his new role during the ICC HPP Support Staff Forum, which opens on May 14 in Scotland, where he will meet each of the teams’ coaches and start to provide tailored assistance.

Whatmore said: “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.  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.” 

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “We welcome Dav Whatmore to this important advisory role.  Dav’s extensive coaching experience, including leading Sri Lanka to its unforgettable ICC Cricket World Cup victory in 1996, will provide excellent support to the four qualifying teams...” 

 Afghanistan coach and former Pakistan bowler Kabir Khan, whose side claimed the second qualification spot at the ICC CWC 2015, said: “Afghanistan has a rigorous schedule of training and fixtures in the lead-up to its maiden appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup.  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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