The Australian Dav Whatmore has been officially confirmed as Zimbabwe’s new coach for the 2015 World Cup with a view to extending the contract after the tournament.
The 60-year-old will replace Stephen Mangongo, who had been sacked 12 days ago following his poor coaching stint during a recent tour of Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe is the fourth international team Whatmore will take lead followed by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) December 30, 2014
Zimbabwe will compete in Pool B with South Africa, India, West Indies, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2015 to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand starting on the 14th of February.
Whatmore expressed his excitement via twitter after being named as Zimbabwe’s new coach:
Really happy to be on board with @ZimCricketv and get stuck in to improving performances! Thank you to everyone for your warm welcome.
— Dav Whatmore (@dfwhatmore) December 30, 2014
Meanwhile Zimbabwe’s Test skipper Brendan Taylor took to twitter to welcome the new coach on board.
Welcome to @dfwhatmore! A great addition to Zimbabwe cricket. Certainly myself and the players are looking forward to working with him.
— Brendan Taylor (@BrendanTaylor86) December 29, 2014