Dav Whatmore joins Baroda as director of cricket

Dav Whatmore joins Baroda as director of cricket

India:

Dav Whatmore was at the helm when Kerala entered their first-ever Ranji Trophy semi-finals in 2018-19, and now, after a three-year stint with them, he takes charge at Baroda as director of cricket.

“I will, obviously, coach the senior team.

But apart from that, I will have to lay down a structure at the Under-19 and Under-23 levels to create a feeder system, along with the local coaches,” Whatmore told ESPNcricinfo from Melbourne.

“It’s a two-year contract to begin with.”

Whatmore and Kerala parted ways at the end of a disappointing 2019-20 Ranji Trophy season,

Where the side finished second-last (17th out of 18 teams) in the combined Groups A & B points table with a solitary win in eight matches. They also failed to qualify for the knockouts in the one-day championships.

“I was keen in helping a new team flourish,” Whatmore said. “I was in talks with three other teams, but my visa was about to expire. I had to return to Australia because of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus. So I hired a manager, who helped me finalise this deal with Baroda.

When I return to India, hopefully in June or whenever things normalize, I’ll be based in Baroda for close to nine months in a year.”In terms of results, Baroda only fared marginally better than Kerala in the Ranji Trophy season that just finished, with two wins in eight games.

However, Dav Whatmore is excited by Baroda’s youth structure and hopes the presence of established names like the Pandyas – Hardik and Krunal – will help the team take bigger strides. Baroda is the current holder of the Under-19 Cooch Bihar Trophy.

They were on the lookout for a head coach since Sanath Kumar was forced to discontinue due to health reasons. “They’ve been in the mid-table and, from what I’ve seen, their short-format game is not too bad, so it will be a good challenge to make them an all-round team,” Whatmore said.

“They’ve been in Elite A & B for a while in the Ranji Trophy, and you need to be a good team to remain there. My job is to see how we can build from there and make them a very competitive side across formats.

Rohith Kukkadapu

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