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June 22, 2007

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Dav's the man

Kamran Abbasi
Dav Whatmore departs after being interviewed for the Pakistan coaching job, Lahore, June 21, 2007
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Pakistan's coaching saga is possibly rushing towards a dramatic conclusion. I say 'possibly' because few predictions can be made with certainty in the realm of Pakistan cricket. Yet the final shortlist looks to be of three Australians, albeit one of them is of Sri Lankan origin. The subtext is that the PCB has decided a foreign coach is the answer to Pakistan's woes, a view I find perplexing since the prime imperative should be to appoint the best candidate from wherever. Bob Woolmer's major difficulty was that he was unable to get under the skin of the players' culture and hence it became possible to marginalise his influence.

Of the three remaining candidates--and you might reasonably ask what became of Aaqib Javed, Tim Boon, and Javed Miandad?--the man for the job has to be Dav Whatmore. He knows the Australian way but he also knows Asia. He has succeeded with both Sri Lanka (World Cup winners) and Bangladesh (World Cup giant killers) in different ways. He has yet to coach one of Asia's big two but the leap should not be beyond him. Indeed, it is a great time to coach Pakistan with a young captain and young team ready to be shaped into something more substantial.

Dav's the Man from this Australian shortlist, but as usual the PCB has managed to supervise the process in such a way that you wonder how they ruled out some of the other promising candidates? Dav Whatmore, welcome to the whacky world of Pakistan cricket.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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Posted by Janak B Abayakoon on (July 17, 2007, 11:32 GMT)

I think it's a mistake. Dave Whatmore would have been the coach. I don't think next world cup belong to the fast bowlers. It will be played in Asia and spiners will dominate. It was Dev who made Sri Lanka the world cup champs. Though Arujuna R boast and try to get the credit. It is true Arujuna is totally responsible for the 1999 world cup. Sri Lanka didn't even enter the semi! Anyhow time will prove pakistan's mistake.It is sad to see that a great coach like Dev W 's talent is not utilized by the Asian cricket teams.

Posted by YOU SHALL NEVER KNOW! (maybe) on (July 2, 2007, 7:21 GMT)

Imran Khan is the best choice in the whole world, but he's working in the politics arena, the only leader of ours capable to lead our country. HE IS NOT WASTING HIS TIME GUL!

Posted by YOU SHALL NEVER KNOW! (maybe) on (July 2, 2007, 7:18 GMT)

DAV'S THE MAN. He won Sri Lanka the world cup and improved Bangladesh by miles. Undoubtly He will fix the pakis, especially their, DOOMED TO LOOSE EVERY MATCH TYPE OF FIELDING!

Posted by addi boy on (July 1, 2007, 12:12 GMT)

getting someone with past success will not be a fruitful event. pakistan need a coach who either have passion for the job (like aaqib) or career on the line (like geof or tim). but unfortunatly its like dav gona join... and i can assure u , this wont be any better than previous

Posted by Wajahat Rehman on (June 30, 2007, 7:37 GMT)

We should not forget that Whatmore refused to talk to PCB as he was more interesed in coaching India. Now that he has been rejected by India, he is coming back to Pakistan. I think PCB should now show some self-respect and not appoint him. Whatmore is not sincere to Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by jt on (June 30, 2007, 6:13 GMT)

Didn't Whatmore earlier dismiss the idea of being the Pakistan coach? This sudden desire has emerged after being over-looked by India. Does Pakistan want India's leavings?

Posted by gul on (June 29, 2007, 22:21 GMT)

In my opinion only one person could bring the best out of pakistani cricket, his name being imran khan. However he is too busy wasting his time in politics.

Posted by Owais on (June 29, 2007, 20:47 GMT)

I think Whatmore is over rated especially his handling of Bangladesh was terrible. I think what we need is someone who can be equally useful in five-day and one-day format. Whatmore failed miserably in test arena. If one-day was everthing than whatmore is a good choice. I believe Lawson is the man, he has worked with NSW team which has people like McGrath and many other world class batsmen and bowlers. I was also impressed with his comments about Pakistan team. He seems interested and excited about teaching Pakistan and brings in that x-factor that our team needs. I also believe Salman Butt was not the man to be chosen as a vice captain. Asif was also not the man, it should have been any good follower, like, say Razzaq. To me a Vice Captains is not there to become the captain when captain retires, he is there to help the captain like a good lieutinnent and be a captain in case of emergency. He is not there to create rifts in the team or form subgroups. Anyway, Butt is a wrong choice because he does not have a permanent place in the team, he lacks confidence.

Posted by Rahat Minhas on (June 28, 2007, 5:24 GMT)

Glib generalizations like "Foreign coaches have never succeeded in the past in our country so Dav Whatmore will also fail" are without any logic. I hope we get some critical or analytical evaluation or any reason by the people so when we read their comments we can learn from them. Like a possible solution for the above can be if we get the services of a foreign coach what can we do to improve his communication barrier with the team? As without any reasoning or alternate solutions these e-mails on your blog are useless for the readers.

Posted by Dawar, LA USA on (June 27, 2007, 23:08 GMT)

Imran Khan was a great player for the world cricket.

He was the wonderful good looking all rounder on his time. He was not only the cricketer; he was and still active in other social activities.

He could be a good looking coach for Pakistan cricket team.

I urged Queen of the United Kingdom to give title of "SIR" to Imran Khan..

PCB should submit their request to the Queen ASAP. Imran Khan has all wonderful skills which are necessary to get the title of "SIR" and Coach of Pakistan. He is the man.

English people and media always like Great Imran Khan.

Dawar LA, USA

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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