Kottayam: Australian Dav Whatmore is all set to become the coachof the Kerala cricket team.
Whatmore, who guided Sri Lanka to glory in the 1996 edition of the World Cup, held talks with with Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) officials in Chennai recently.
“Whatmore will be arriving in Chennai on March 22 and the contract will be finalized then. After the interaction in Chennai, we've had email communication with him. Former Kerala captain S. Ramesh will become the game director,” KCA secretary Jayesh George told Onmanorama.
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Whatmore had an interaction with the Kerala T20 players ahead of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy South Zone leg at the Sri Ramachandra Medical College ground in Chennai in January.
Whatmore and Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga's ploy to go hammer and tongs in the powerplay overs through the swashbuckling duo of Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana went a long way in the island nation's triumph in the 1996 World Cup.
After his success with Sri Lanka, Whatmore coached the Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe national teams besides guiding Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League from 2009 to 2012.
Whatmore, who turned 63 on Thursday, played seven Tests and one ODI for Australia.
Kerala's dismal run
Kerala had sacked head coach P. Balachandran midway through the Ranji season and replaced him with former Indian pacer Tinu Yohannan. However, the team failed to progress to the knockout phase.
Kerala finished fourth in the South Zone Mushtaq Ali T20 Championship and failed to advance to the knockout stage of the Vijaya Hazare Trophy one-day championship.