Whatmore dreams of golden future for young giant-killers

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, March 27, 2007 (AFP) – Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is dreaming of a golden future for his young side who edged out India for a place in the World Cup Super Eights.

Bangladesh have made the second round for the first time and will face Australia, Whatmore’s own country, in their next match here on Saturday.

“It’s terrific,” said Whatmore of his team whose average age is just 22.

“We’ve got a couple of more experienced players, but the vast majority of them are under 25, which is absolutely perfect for an emerging team like us.

“They now have an absolutely wonderful opportunity to play against seven of the world’s best sides and they will grow enormously because of that experience.

“I understand that we are still ranked number nine in the world and have a long way to go before we are consistently challenging the big boys. But we’ve got the resources and talent to really progress and we will be going to the Super Eights to really enjoy ourselves.

“And from a personal point of view it’s great to be in a position where your team is playing well and your methods are being validated.”

Whatmore is no stranger to World Cup sensations havi