Dav Whatmore and the phrase “relegation” don’t quite go together. However, in his third season in charge of Indian state side Kerala, they finished second from last in their Ranji Trophy campaign.
Therefore, it was hardly surprising that he opted against extending his stay with the team when his contract expired in early February this year.
7,500 km away, the Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) sensed an opportunity. They were in the market for a head coach after Bilal Asad left to take charge of neighbours Malaysia. The SCA wasted no time in securing the services of Whatmore, announcing his appointment on an interim basis just a one week after the end of Kerala’s season.
Whatmore’s appointment was regarded as a major coup for one of the world’s fastest-improving cricketing nations.