Dav Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup glory in 1996, is set to become the new coach of the Kerala cricket team next week.
Whatmore, who is also a former Australian cricketer and former coach of Zimbabwe, is in the final stages of agreeing a contract as reported by Manoramaonline.com.
Whatmore had an interaction with players of the T20 team before the South Zone leg of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy which took place in Chennai in January.
Since then, he has had back and forth conversations with Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) officials. He is expected to meet them in Chennai to finalise the terms of the contract in the coming days.
“Whatmore will be arriving in Chennai on March 22 and the contract will be finalised then. After the interaction in Chennai, we’ve had email communication with him. Former Kerala captain S Ramesh will become the game director,” KCA secretary Jayesh George was quoted as saying in the report.
Apart from Sri Lanka, Whatmore coached Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. He also served as coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League between 2009 and 2012.
The Kerala team has had limited success in the last few months. Head coach P Balachandran had been sacked midway through the Ranji Trophy season to be replaced by former India pacer Tinu Yohannan. They failed to make it to the knockout phase of the tournament.
The team finished fourth in the South Zone Mushtaq Ali T20 Championship and also missed out on the knockout phase of the Vijay Hazare one-day championships.