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Dav Whatmore expected to be named Zimbabwe cricket coach

Australian Dav Whatmore appears set to lead Zimbabwe at next year's Cricket World Cup as they close in on appointing a new coach.

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Zimbabwe Cricket confirmed on Sunday that Whatmore is set to be interviewed this week, with ZC looking to confirm an appointment before the end of January.

If confirmed, Whatmore will have little time to prepare his side for the 11th edition of the World Cup, which will be staged across Australia and New Zealand from February 14.

The 60-year-old, who left his role as coach of Pakistan in February after a turbulent two-year spell, is set to Stephen Mangongo.

Mangongo was relieved of his duties on December 18 following Zimbabwe's horrendous tour of Bangladesh, where they lost all three Test matches and five one-day internationals.

Whatmore is poised to arrives in the Zimbabwe set-up with World Cup pedigree, having guided Sri Lanka to victory in 1996.

Zimbabwe have been drawn in Pool B alongside South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Ireland and United Arab Emirates.

They begin their World Cup campaign against the Proteas at Seddon Park in Hamilton on February 15.

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