Muscat – Putting all speculations to rest, Dav Whatmore confirmed on Monday that he is going to take up his next assignment as head coach of Baroda Ranji team in India.
In his exclusive remarks to Muscat Daily, a day after his tenure as Nepal chief coach ended with a win over Oman in an WCL 2 tri-series match, Whatmore said, “Yes, I am heading to Baroda. We have been in touch for the past year and a half. But due to COVID-19, the whole process to take up the assignment as head coach got delayed.
“It will be a one-year deal with Baroda and I am looking forward to guide them to a successful season. I am excited to be back in India, where I have had few memorable stints in the past.”
Baroda are one of the most successful teams in Ranji Trophy in the new millennium with five titles to their credit and are last season’s runner-up in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, India’s domestic T20 championship.
“It is a fresh challenge and I am ready for it,” he said.
In India, Whatmore had previously worked with the National Cricket Academy and was also the national U19 coach in 2008. He was also the coach of Kerala Ranji Trophy team for two seasons (2017-19).
The former Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Pakistan head coach also worked with IPL team – Kolkata Knight Riders – for two seasons from 2010.
Asked if he would like to return to IPL, Whatmore said, “I am open to all options. But at the moment, I have taken the responsibility of Baroda team. I am still fit at 67 to work for few more years and I love my job. I would like to continue coaching till I feel I am no longer interested.”