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Nepal appoints World Cup winner Dav Whatmore as national team head coach

Nepal has appointed Sri Lanka’s former World Cup winning coach Dav Whatmore as the new national team coach, the country’s cricket governing body said on Thursday.

Whatmore will take over the challenging job of taking Nepal into the 2023 World Cup Qualifier, if not the World Cup, and retain the country’s One Day International status provided he stays long. The position had been vacant since February 2019 after Indian coach Umesh Patwal left the job following Nepal’s first ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 series matches.

A Sri Lanka-born Australian cricketer Whatmore famously guided Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup, the country’s first major silverware, and has a high-profile portfolio as a coach. At different time frame, he has coached Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket teams. Recently, he was the coach of Singapore national team.

Whatmore, however, is not a new face for Nepal as he had conducted an 11-day training camp in January, 2017 under an invitiation from Bat and Ball Foundation.

Although the cricket governing body has not given more details on when he will join the job, his first assignment is likely to be Nepal’s second tri-series of League 2 which will be held in Oman in March and will also involve the USA.

On his appointment as Nepal head coach, Whatmore’s high-profile manager Kaustav Lahiri said: Dav is extremely keen to take this new challenge as he strongly believes Nepal has some great talent and has a very bright future in cricket. Nepal is a beautiful country and Dav is looking forward to have his new challenge with a bunch of young talent in Nepal.”  

CAN on Thursday also announced that the appointment of three other personnel at various position after completing the interview for the announced posts.

Raunaq Bahadur Malla has been appointed the General Manager, Ramesh Kumar Neupane was appointed the Chief Finance Officer and Binod Kumar Das as Cricket Manager. Their appointment is effective from January 1.

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