Sri Lankan-born Australian cricket coach Dav Whatmore has stepped down as the head coach of Nepal’s national cricket team. He announced his decision in a letter that was addressed to the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), confirming his resignation from the post on August 27.
Whatmore took up the role on 18 December 2020 and terminates it before completing even a year. He stated that it was a tough decision to take as he has been struggling to cope with the time away from his family.
“The letter is to confirm you that I want to resign from the head coach position of Nepal Cricket Team immediately after the conclusion of the world cup qualifier on 19th September to be held in Oman. I also wish to confirm you that this is a very tough decision I have to make after making the deepest of my thoughts on the same,” he said.
In the letter that was viewed by Times Now, Whatmore told that the decision was based only on his personal issues and that he enjoyed his tenure with the Nepal team.
“Due to the ongoing pandemic around the world, it is very difficult for me to stay away from my family for such a long time. I wish to confirm you that this is entirely my personal decision and I truly enjoyed working with CAN & its players who are extremely co-operative to me throughout the entire tenure,” Whatmore revealed.
“I wish CAN all the very best for the future” – Dav Whatmore
Dav Whatmore has coached plenty of teams prior to his stint with the Nepal Cricket team. He was Sri Lanka’s head coach when they won the 1996 World Cup. That remains his biggest achievement as a coach to date. He has also been part of the IPL when he coached Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) back in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
The 2023 World Cup qualifiers are coming up very soon and the team is completely invested in preparing for the tournament. Whatmore concluded by wishing the team and authorized his manager to speak on his behalf going forward.
“As I fully want to concentrate on the upcoming world cup qualifying games hence I will request you to speak with my manager Mr. Kaustav Lahiri if you have any queries as he is fully authorized to speak on my behalf. It is a real honor to get associated with CAN & I truly enjoyed my time with CAN. I wish CAN all the very best for the future,” Whatmore said.
Although he didn’t confirm whether he would be making a return to the coaching role anytime soon, teams would be waiting to rope him in for his experience.