Harare - Zimbabwe Cricket has appointed Australia's former international Dav
Whatmore as national coach ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, a top union
official announced on Tuesday.
Whatmore replaces Stephen Mangongo who was fired less than two weeks
ago over the national side's poor showing during a recent tour of
"His initial assignment is to see us through to the World Cup,"
Wilson Manase, Zimbabwe Cricket chairperson said, "and thereafter we shall
work out another long-term contract."
"He has a wealth of experience at the highest level of coaching."
Whatmore, 60, who has previously coached Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri
Lanka, will be assisted by former Zimbabwe international Douglas Hondo
who will also be the bowling coach, Manase said.
Zimbabwe Cricket dismissed Mangongo as cricket coach after the
national squad lost all eight fixtures during a tour of Bangladesh just
two months before the World Cup.
A "very pleased" Whatmore said he has already set his sight on
Zimbabwe reaching the Super 8 at the World Cup in Australia and New
Zealand in February and March next year.
"We are going to be as competitive as possible, our first target is
to make that Super 8. We will work really hard to try and achieve that,"