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Whatmore planning a change or two

cricket Updated: Oct 25, 2007 13:59 IST
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Newly-appointed National Cricket Academy (NCA) Director Dav Whatmore wishes to improve the already impressive facility further so that it can be more useful for Indian cricket.

"It's a good facility that has served Indian cricket well. We hope to improve it further. May be we will have a slight change or two," Whatmore told PTI without deliberating on the exact nature of the planned modifications.

The Australian, who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup triumph in 1996 besides guiding Bangladesh until recently, said he was looking forward to grooming future Team India cricketers at the academy.

"The expectations from all at BCCI is that we make this a very strong facility and a successful one to prepare properly young players to represent the country at the highest level and to make a huge success of that and also to provide good players for the national team," he said on the eve of leaving for Ahmedabad to witness the Challenger Series.

Having worked at the Victorian Institute of Sports in Australia for four years, Whatmore said his job at the NCA was quite similar to his previous assignment.

"That was a state-based institution and this is a national one. But there are lot of similarities in the sense that we're developing young players to become the best they can be," he said.

Whatmore, who failed to grab the still vacant post of India national coach, refused to divulge his plans for NCA.

"Final plans will be devised very soon. At the moment BCCI is finalising restructuring of NCA. They're very close to doing that. When that's done we will know," he said.