In a bid to put up a good show at the World Cup, the cash-strapped Zimbabwe Cricket Board has announced that the vastly experienced Whatmore will start working with the team from Sunday. With barely a month and a half left for the big tournament to begin, the Zimbabwe Board also made it clear that Whatmore will take over from Stephen Mangongo.
The Australian coach, who has coached the 1996 World Cup-winning Sri Lanka team, was until recently, working as the chief coach of Pakistan. He had even been the coach of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders for two seasons.
The 60-year-old gentleman, who has also worked with the India’s U-19 team in 2006-2007 promises to deliver the goods for Zimbabwe too. Having the experience to coach minnows like Bangladesh, it would be a challenging job for Whatmore too. In the new contract, the Zimbabwe players will also be able to practice at Whatmore’s Dubai-based academy.
While, Whatmore was roped in, Zimbabwe’s efforts of bringing in former captain Dave Houghton as the batting coach went in vain as Houghton preferred English county side Middlesex over his country.
In the past, Whatmore’s men have sprung in quite a few surprises. Will history repeat itself in Zimbabwe too? Time will tell!