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Davenell Frederick Whatmore

Davenell Frederick Whatmore born on 16 March 1954, Colombo, Sri Lanka) is a former international cricketer who symbolized Australia. He had a very petite international career from March 1979 to January 1980 in which he played just 7 Test matches and 1 One Day International. At first-class level, he attained over 6,000 runs for Victoria.

Whatmore retired from professional cricket in 1988/89 to hunt a career in coaching. He coached Sri Lanka in two detach spells, throughout the first of which he won the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Among those spells, he coached Lancashire where he won the National League in 1998 and 1999, and the NatWest Trophy in 1998.

From 2003 to 2007, he had been coaching Bangladesh. Beneath his coaching, Bangladesh enjoyed comparative triumph, coming from a side that could rarely win matches at all, to a team that can intermittently surprise even the most powerful cricket countries. Whatmore trained them to their first Test match victory early in 2005. Bangladesh dazed the cricket world later that year with a victory over then top ranked Australia and then South Africa when they were top ranked during the 2007 World Cup, where they also conquered India to reach the Super 8 stage. Whatmore broadcasted his resignation from the Bangladeshi team after the wrapping up of their matches at the 2007 World Cup. He continued on until the conclusion of their home series against India on May 29.

Once announcing his objective to not replenish his contract, Whatmore was robustly linked with the career of national cricket coaches of India, England and Pakistan. However England named Peter Moores as their new coach while India selected Ravi Shastri as the temporary national coach. As Shastri declared that he was not fascinated in the job long-term, Whatmore was measured as a sturdy contender for the role of coach. For the period of India's 2007 tour of Bangladesh, meeting took place among him and BCCI officials, and though it seemed he was the favorite to get the job, on 4 June 2007, BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan, a part of the Search Committee announced that Graham Ford and John Emburey had been encouraged for talks, hinting that Dav Whatmore was not under contemplation anymore.

Whatmore was one of the three men interrogated by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the coaching job of the national team, but Geoff Lawson was favored for the job after former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga recommended to the PCB that they not opted Whatmore for the job. Whatmore had had tribulations with Ranatunga in the past while he was the coach of the Sri Lankan national team and both of them used to speak in opposition to each other quite commonly in the media.

Whatmore will train the Kolkata Knight Riders in the third season of the Indian Premier League.

Whatmore was born in Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) and was skilled at Royal Preparatory College, Colombo before wandered to Australia with his family thereafter he studied at Mentone Grammar School.