Vol. 5 Num 309 Sat. April 09, 2005  

Dav pays no heed to speculation

Coach Dav Whatmore looked relaxed yesterday during the training session with the Tigers at the Army Stadium although an international media report about his contract created confusion among the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials and local media.

It seemed that the 50-year-old Australian's renewal of contract with the BCB was a mere formality but everything suddenly became uncertain following a BBC report linking him to becoming India's next coach.

But Whatmore was not ready to take the report seriously as he said that even he could not recollect the exact conversation.

"I can't remember when it happened. I think it was a long time ago when I said something like that. I don't understand how this came now," said the Bangladesh coach when he was asked about the report.

"It's not proper to talk about these things. Anything about deals or negotiations should come from the employers," he added.

The Sri Lankan-born Australian also talked with two senior cricketers in the squad, captain Habibul Bashar and his predecessor Khaled Mahmud, about the matter during a break.

"The presence of a coach like Dav is always inspiring for any team but we are professionals and that's why we want to concentrate only on our cricket. There is a authority to look after the matter," said Bashar.

Meanwhile, Board officials met Whatmore, whose contract expires on April 30, on Friday evening to finalise the issue and it might take another day to complete the procedures, said BCB advisor Reazuddin Al Mamun last night after their meeting.

"We have discussed renewing Whatmore's contract today and it might take another session to complete the deal. Naturally, after ending his first tenure, he will get increments. There are also other things to settle," Mamun said.

"As far as we know, Dav has yet to receive any offer from the Indian board. So we are not worried about the report. But if he receives an enormous offer from any other nation, we won't be able to afford him," he admitted.