Bangalore: Dav Whatmore hinted at a few changes in the functioning of the National Cricket Academy.
“The NCA is a good facility that has served Indian cricket very well. We hope to improve it further. We will have a slight change or two and a shift in focus as well. NCA Chairman Ravi Shastri has given me the authority through the cricket board to get full-time staff and to even buy-in some expertise which may not be readily available in India. All that would be revealed later,” Whatmore said.
The newly-appointed director of operations at the NCA spent his first day at the academy, scrutinising the infrastructure besides having a long discussion with administrative manager Col. Nair.
Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup triumph in 1996 besides guiding Bangladesh until recently, spoke about the development-centric nature of his current job. “It is different from coaching national teams. It is a developmental position and in its own way, very exciting. It is about understanding young boys The experience of coaching Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, which are in the Indian sub-continent, will help. The NCA’s other role will be to catch those cricketers who have been dropped and have let a few bad habits creep into their technique. The NCA will provide them with the opportunity to correct the flaws,” Whatmore added.
Whatmore admitted to being pleasantly surprised when Shastri called him up for the job. “It was out of the blue when Ravi called and we had a nice chat about this position at the academy. After a few days of serious thinking, I decided to go along with it. I have known Ravi for a while. He is a forward thinking guy and I am very happy,” Whatmore said.
Whatmore will leave for Ahmedabad on Thursday to witness the Challenger Series (October 25 to 28). “If we are going to have players who are on the verge of making international cricket, you would naturally assume that these players will be coming through this competition and it makes sense to start of with that,” Whatmore said besides praising the new breed of young Indian cricketers. “They haven’t got too much fear and I think they are athletic. They have skill as well,” Whatmore said.