Dav Whatmore, the Nepal cricket team’s head coach, has stepped down from his post citing personal reasons.
Whatmore, a former right-handed batsman who played seven Tests for Australia in 1979 had earlier coached several top foreign sides like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan after hanging his boots from the game.
Notably, Whatmore was the head coach of the islanders when they lifted the 1996 World Cup in 1996.
As per reports, he has informed the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) that the Covid-19 pandemic was making it difficult for him to be away from his family.
“Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is astound by the sudden resignation of our coach, Dav Whatmore (@dfwhatmore). He has resigned to be effective immediately after the Oman tour citing his personal reasons. He had signed a one year contract with CAN at the beginning of the year,” CAN tweeted late on Friday evening.
Whatmore had been appointed coach of the Nepal cricket team in December, 2020. “Dav is extremely keen to take on this new challenge, as he strongly believes Nepal has great talent and a very bright future in international cricket. Nepal is a beautiful country and Dav is looking forward to this new challenge with young talent in Nepal,” CAN had said in a statement at the time of appointing him.
Apart from national side, Whatmore had served as the head coach of Kerala Ranji Trophy team beside holding the post of director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bengaluru between 2007 and 2009.
In IPL, he has coached Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He had stepped down as the KKR’s coach on January 1, 2012.
Whatmore is currently in Oman for the ICC World Cup League 2 ODI matches beginning September 19.
He had played seven Tests for Australia, managing 293 runs at an average of 22.53. In 108 first-class games, he amassed over 6,000 runs, averaging around 34 with 10 centuries and 35 half-centuries.
However, he had played just two ODIs for the national side Australia.