Whatmore wants to coach India

Current Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is willing to take up the challenge of coaching a team like India.

cricket Updated: Apr 07, 2007 03:24 IST

Current Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore on Thursday expressed his desire to coach the Indian cricket team. “If the opportunity comes along, surely any person, who is a professional coach and prides himself in doing a good job, would be interested,” Whatmore told BBC Sport. Whatmore coached Sri Lanka to World Cup title in 1996 and helped Bangladesh reach the Super Eights of the current event. The 53-year-old said he was willing to take up the challenge of coaching a team like India.

“Firstly, any job is a challenge. I have taken up pretty good challenges in the last 10 years and this will be another big challenge. There is huge passion for the game in India. It is a big religion there and there is enormous pressure on the team. “To get the best out of players is a challenge, and to work with the selectors, who have the best interest of the game in their hearts, represents challenge, which is very interesting,” he said. “Perhaps there are more distractions there. The sheer weight of media interest, electronic or print, the huge popularity with the individuals, they all are distraction to a point.” Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board joint-secretary Riazuddin Al Mamun has criticised Whatmore on his comments.

First Published: Apr 06, 2007 19:28 IST