Dinesh Kumarasinghe to remain as head coach
by Reemus Fernando
S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia has hired Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning coach Dave Whatmore as a consultant coach for the remainder of the First XI cricket season, ‘The Island’ learns.
The current first XI coach, Dinesh Kumarasingeh is learnt to have influenced the Sri Lankan born former Australian cricketer to join the coaching staff when he was here for a coaching workshop for the cricketers of Mount Lavinia late last year.
The school is yet to officially announce Whatmore’s coaching job, but ‘The Island’ reliably learns that he commenced his tenure from January 1.
He was seen with the Thomian cricketers before their tournament match against Gurukula College, yesterday.
Whatmore who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup glory when Arjuna Ranatunga was captaining the team in 1996, also coached the Bangladesh and Pakistan national teams. His last international assignment was with the Zimbabwe national team.
A source said that current first XI coach Dinesh Kumarasinghe will remain as the head coach, while Whatmore will act as a consultant coach, till the ‘Battle of the Blues’ encounter, in March. Incidentally, Whatmore is learnt to have had his initial education at Royal College.
The former Victoria cricketer is likely to travel to two South Asian countries for short assignments, during this month.
The Thomians have had hired leading cricketing figures as coaching consultants in the recent past and our source said that the hiring of Whatmore was a continuation of that trend.
"The presence of Whatmore will be a huge motivation for the cricketers. They have a lot to gain from him presence," said the source.