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Dav Whatmore appointed Nepal head coach
Nepal Cricket

Dav Whatmore appointed Nepal head coach

Former Australia batsman Dav Whatmore has been named the new head coach of Nepal's national team.

Whatmore takes over the position vacated by Umesh Patwal, who resigned from the role earlier this year in February.

“Dav is extremely keen to take on this new challenge, as he strongly believes Nepal has great talent and a very bright future in international cricket,” the Cricket Association of Nepal said in a statement.

"Nepal is a beautiful country and Dave is looking forward to this new challenge with young talent in Nepal."

Whatmore boasts a distinguished coaching portfolio as he has been in charge of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe in the past.

His most memorable stint was with Sri Lanka, helping the Arjuna Ranatunga-captained side clinch their maiden World Cup title in 1996.

Whatmore also played a pivotal role in Bangladesh's progress in the introductory years of their Test status. After a lengthy period of underwhelming performances, Bangladesh beat India to qualify for Super Eights in the 2007 World Cup with Whatmore at the helm.

The 66-year-old was most recently announced as director of Baroda Cricket Association in April but had to forego the position due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Whatmore's major challenge with Nepal will be to guide them to the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia after the Asian nation failed to reach the 2021 T20 World Cup.