Whatmore hopes to turn Bangladesh into a winning team
Published: Monday, May 12, 2003, 20:49 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Bangla hopes Whatmore will turn the tide
Dhaka:Bangladesh's newly-appointed cricket coach Dav Whatmore said on Monday he was confident of turning the beleaguered minnows into a winning team in two years. "My target is success -- which is a win -- within two years," Whatmore told reporters on his arrival in Dhaka for an introductory tour before taking up his new job next month. "I know it is a big challenge, but not impossible as there are individual skills as well as talented players in the Bangladeshi team. "I will brush up the team in cooperation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and all others concerned," he said. Whatmore, a former Australian Test batsman, is best known for his work as Sri Lanka's coach who guided the team to their World Cup success in 1996. He was sacked by Sri Lanka last month and immediately hired by Bangladeshi cricket officials for two years in a bid to change the team's dwindling fortunes. Bangladesh have lost 18 of 19 Tests since being admitted to the fold in 2000, their only draw coming in a rain-hit tie against Zimbabwe two seasons ago. The South Asians have also not won a one-day international in four years. Whatmore, Bangladesh's seventh coach since 1990, will take charge ahead of the team's maiden Test tour of Australia in June. The 49-year-old has reportedly been hired at a fee of 100,000 dollars a year besides win bonuses and expenses.Whatmore will meet the national players during his brief visit and also inspect training facilities around Dhaka.