Kolkata: World Cup winning former Sri Lankan coach Dav Whatmore was today roped in by the Cricket Association of Bengal for the development of junior cricket in the state.
CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya told reporters that Kolkata Knight Riders coach Whatmore was appointed as director, development of junior cricket, after the association’s working committee meeting here on Tuesday.
The Australian has been hired on a one-season contract and will be available from September 1, Dalmiya said.
“Whatmore is the right person for development of the age group (Under-14, 16 and 19) cricket. He has immense coaching experience having worked with National Cricket Academy beside being at the helm of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cricket. His experience will come really handy for us,” Dalmiya said.
The CAB chief said the KKR coach would be available for at least five months and there would not be any clash with his IPL commitments.
“For at least five months he will be with us from September 1 onwards. IPL is still a long way to go. He is an experienced peson and there would not be any problem,” Dalmiya said.
Whatmore will be assisted by local coaches at the three age group levels and Dalmiya said they would soon announce the names of the deputies.
The 1996 Sri Lankan World Cup winning coach will also be in charge of setting up CAB’s academy at Kalyani University.
“We want to set up a top class coaching academy with the help of Whatmore. He will also train the upcoming coaches,” Dalmiya said.
The CAB has already appointed W V Raman as coach of the senior side and Dalmiya said the former India opener would handle the Ranji side single handedly.
“Raman will be the sole in-charge of Ranji side. But if necessary, Whatmore will give his inputs,” he said.
The former Tamil Nadu coach will also assume charge alongside Whatmore on September 1.
The CAB also formed various sub-committees for the 2010-11 and retained the much-criticised cricket development committee headed by former India captain Sourav Ganguly.
“The committee is still in place, though nothing much significant could be done last season. Hope we will sort this out this time around,” Dalmiya said.
The committee with members Arun Lal, Ashok Malhotra and Pronoy Roy was formed last year with powers to assess accountability of Bengal selectors at the end of the season.
However, with the members busy with their respective personal commitments, the development committee had turned into a flop-show.
Asked about the replacement of late Arun Mitra who passed away recently, Dalmiya said, “We have a two-month time limit and we would announce it soon.”