In the 1996 WC, Sri Lanka thrashed the Aussies to register a thumping 7 wicket win, everyone hailed the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga but there was someone more who was behind the success story – Sri Lanka’s coach Dav Whatmore. By Osanda Gunaratna
In the 1996 WC, Sri Lanka thrashed the Aussies to register a thumping 7 wicket win, everyone hailed the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga but there was someone more who was behind the success story – Sri Lanka’s coach Dav Whatmore.
Whatmore coached Sri Lanka to the country’s best ever sporting victory. Born in Colombo Sri Lanka, Dave played for Australia for 7 tests and 1 ODI, and was and remains Sri Lanka’s most successful coach yet, he took on coaching the Bangladesh team in 2003 and in 2007 made Bangladesh through to the super 8 stage by defeating and sending India out of the WC, a intelligent mind with a coaching ability, Whatmore should be among the best coaches Cricket has ever produced but can Sri Lanka find a suitable successor like him, as Sri Lanka cricket are on a immediate search for a qualified Head Coach after Trevor Bayliss quit his post as Sri Lanka coach and even saw recently appointed Interim coach Stewart Law quitting his post to coach Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka cricket somehow to avoid the shame of losing coaches have recalled Rumesh Ratnayake to be the stand in coach in the Australia series.
However it is bitter to see Sri Lanka Cricket being very cheap in handling the coach situation and also the DRS. Sure they are in debt after unnecessary building of stadiums only for the WC but to see them sink this lower will be a concern in the future.
Nevertheless soon after the Australian series Sri Lanka will look at options to fill the gap of a head coach, for that the board will have to act immediately to find the best man for the job.
We now look at possible coaching options below,
1. Tom Moody-Former Sri Lankan Coach
2.Graham Ford– Kent Director of Coaching,Former SA coach
3.Darren Lehmann-Deccan Chargers Coach
4.Ray Jennings-Former SA, Royal Challengers Bangalore Coach
5. Mickey Arthur-Former SA
6 .John Buchanan –Former Australia Coach-2 time world champions
7 .Jeff Marsh-Pune Warriors Coach/ Australia coach 1999 WC victory
8.Shane Warne-Rajasthan Royals Coach
9. Paul Farbrace– Kent Coach
These 9 prominent coaches will be the best for the job but it is the Cricket Board’s job to pick the best buy. Mr Upali Dharmadasa and Co please act on this as the future of Sri Lanka Cricket is in your hands.
Wish Sri Lanka cricket gets the best cricket coach among them.