Whatmore emerges as frontrunner to succeed Chappell

NEW DELHI, April 5, 2007 (AFP) – Another Australian — Dav Whatmore — has emerged among the frontrunners to succeed Greg Chappell as coach of India, one of the hottest and toughest jobs in cricket.
“I’m definitely interested,” Whatmore told Thursday’s Times of India. India, one of the pre-tournament favourites, were upset by Bangladesh in the first match and also lost to Sri Lanka to record their worst World Cup performance since 1979.

The storm surrounding Chappell’s snap resignation did not seem to have put off the current coach of Bangladesh who beat India in their World Cup opener.

“I’m very familiar with the way of life in the subcontinent,” Whatmore said.

“My parents and grandparents were Sri Lankan. My Asian roots and Western upbringing give me a nice blend. So I really do enjoy working in the subcontinent.

“I just love the heat and humidity. I don’t mind working with young players who don’t speak English. I’m comfortable with senior players too.”

India media have reported a spectacular falling out between Chappell and India’s senior players whom he is reported to have described as a “mafia”.

Chappell, the former Australian captain, sent an e-mail to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday saying he did not