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Careful when criticizing young cricketers: Whatmore

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Former Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore said that care should be shown when criticizing the current crop of young national team cricketers, since the team was going through a rebuilding phase.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Whatmore said that criticism should be more objective and that more opportunities and support should be provided to young cricketers.

“Clearly they are in a rebuilding phase, and it’s not easy to cover two great players that have left the game. (They’ve been) Without the services of a Lasith Malinga, who has been injured also for a lengthy period of time. It’s not easy. It’s a rebuilding phase but I can see obvious talent there, so we just need to be a little careful about the criticisms that come their way and we need to be more objective, keep providing more opportunities and support,” Whatmore said.

The former coach, who helped Sri Lanka to a memorable World Cup win in 1996, was in the island as a consultant coach for the S. Thomas’ College cricket team ahead of the 138th Battle of the Blues encounter against Royal College.

He also said he was open to an opportunity to coach at national level again in Sri Lanka, where he was born before moving to Australia, but that he was more keen to work at a developmental level.

“I’m about to swing into a more development side of things. I can never say never I guess, with full member countries or associate countries, but I think development now gives me a real kick; a buzz. So I’m looking to spend a bit more time in India with the Sri Ramachandra University where we’re hoping to develop a number of camps and programmes there that will offer some real good advice to boys not just in Chennai or India but also in the region, and anywhere in the world,” Whatmore said.


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  Comments - 11

  • Ceylonese Friday, 03 March 2017 04:04 AM

    He is pointing Sana on Chandi I guess. via DM Android App

    Dot Friday, 03 March 2017 04:17 AM

    Most of the time the critics who rush to the laptop to send out comments criticizing young up and coming Cricketers are addicted to see the down side of everyone may be or sometimes the stereotype criteria in mind that have created attitudes ..Attitudes that make them think a successful cricketer must be like those who left the field ..while the foreign Commentators have no chip on their shoulders and give praise with the present day evolved values and change in the game .Yes Whatmore is right our off the cuff remarks just get deleted but the hurt to a young mind remains ,,

    ANTON Friday, 03 March 2017 07:12 AM


    Henry Friday, 03 March 2017 08:10 AM

    Well said Sir, most of we read are destructive comments.

    gladwin Friday, 03 March 2017 10:05 AM

    Yes Sir,this dent heir confidence as some young players take criticism to heart and lose focus and thus upset their career.

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 03 March 2017 10:35 AM

    You are 100% correct Sir. We pray that one fine day you will come back and coach our national team.

    Manuel Benjamin Friday, 03 March 2017 10:36 AM

    There you are... this comes from a great cricketing legend Whatmore..

    German Jacob Friday, 03 March 2017 10:38 AM

    Well said Sir, our senior guys never respect the up-coming cricketers. Let us hope after your remarks whether they will not repeat the same criticizing each other.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 03 March 2017 10:40 AM

    You are right. Sana should correct himself.

    Satha Friday, 03 March 2017 11:05 AM

    You will be in the history of Cricket in Sri Lanka as youhave brought up our Cricket Team to win the World cup.Our well wishes Dav Whatmore Sir!

    sss Friday, 03 March 2017 03:57 PM

    yes. do not heart the feelings of these snowflakes

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