Bangla hopes Whatmore will turn the tide
Published: Sunday, May 11, 2003, 23:14 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Whatmore waits as Bangla bides time
Dhaka: Bangladesh cricket officials are waiting for newly appointed coach Dav Whatmore to change the fortunes of their team and are all set to offer a host of incentives if he delivers. "We think Whatmore will be able to turn things around for our team," said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar, who added that every effort was being made to improve the overall performance. A BCB source, without giving details, said Whatmore would be given a "bonus" if he succeeded in securing a win in any Test or One-dayer. Bangladesh has lost 18 of 19 matches since gaining Test status in 2000, its only draw coming in a truncated tie against Zimbabwe two seasons ago. It has also not won a One-dayer in nearly four years. Whatmore, who arrives here on Monday for a five-day visit, is scheduled to take charge next month after completing his contract with the Sri Lankan team. He will be Bangladesh's seventh coach since 1990, succeeding Pakistan's Mohsin Khan and Ali Zia. Whatmore, 49, will earn $ 100,000 a year plus other benefits, BCB officials said. The former Australian Test player is set to meet officials and players before he takes over formally. He will also survey the training facilities during his short visit.