Thursday 8 May 2014 

Whatmore To Assist World Cup Qualifiers

Dav Whatmore
Dav Whatmore will help the four teams that qualified for the ICC World Cup 2015
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Former Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore will help Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates prepare for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Whatmore will lend his considerable experience and skill to the four qualifiers ahead of the event, which gets underway next February.

He will work closely with the International Cricket Council (ICC) High Performance Manager in an advisory and support role.

The role will begin this month when the ICC High Performance Programme (HPP) Support Staff Forum meets in Scotland from 14th May, where he will meet and advise the coaches of the four qualified teams.

"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the leading Associate and Affiliate teams during such a memorable period in world cricket," Whatmore, who led Sri Lanka to victory in the 1996 World Cup, said.

"We have seen some amazing performances recently from these teams, and, over the next 10 months, I look forward to being able to assist in honing their performances even further.

"The ICC Cricket World Cup is the world’s biggest stage for any cricketer. 

"It takes hard work, dedication and motivation to succeed at such a huge global event, as well as unflinching confidence. 

"I hope to be able to assist on all of these fronts to ensure that Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the UAE fire on all cylinders from the moment they arrive in Australia and New Zealand next year," he added.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "We welcome Dav Whatmore to this important advisory role. 

"Dav’s extensive coaching experience, including leading Sri Lanka to its unforgettable ICC Cricket World Cup victory in 1996, will provide excellent support and expertise to the four qualifying teams as they put the finishing touches on their preparations for cricket’s premier one-day tournament."

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