Mumbai: Former Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coach, Dav Whatmore, may not have been lucky to coach the Indian team but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has approached him for a senior coaching position at the Bangalore-based National Cricket Academy (NCA).

Very soon, Whatmore is likely to make a presentation, the blueprint for running the academy. Last week the BCCI appointed former India captain and all-rounder Ravi Shastri as the Chairman of NCA. Shastri was the cricket manager of the Indian team in Bangladesh when efforts were being made to get Whatmore as a replacement for Greg Chappell.

In fact the senior members of the Indian team told the BCCI that they would be happy with Whatmore, before South African Graham Ford’s consent was sought. Ford, after presenting his case before a special committee in Chennai, decided to stay with Kent.

Shastri’s influence

Clearly the Whatmore move has been initiated by Shastri, who believes that the Australian has the credentials to be the head coach of the academy.

He was the coach of the Sri Lankan team that won the 1996 World Cup.He also guided Lancashire to glory when it won the National league and NatWest Trophy in 1998 and 1999.— Special Correspondent

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