Pakistan news December 5, 2011

Pakistan coach to be named after Bangladesh tour

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The PCB coach hunt committee has decided on its choice for head coach and specialised coaches, but will make a formal announcement after the Bangladesh tour, with the incumbent in place for next January's series against England. Dav Whatmore is seen as the front-runner for the top job with Mohsin Khan, Aaqib Javed and Julien Fountain tipped to get the batting, bowling and fielding roles.

Col Naushad Ali, a member of the committee and currently assistant manager of the national team, said the committee had made its decision. "The person we have picked as head coach is very well suited to Pakistan," Ali said. "He is the one who suits the temperament of Pakistan cricket and [that] of its team."

Whatmore, currently coach of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, was linked with the post on an earlier occasion, when the PCB eventually picked Geoff Lawson. This time, his name is believed to be favoured by the committee members - Ali, Intikhab Alam, Zaheer Abbas and Ramiz Raja (though the last-named has been out of loop while on tour as a commentator).

When contacted by ESPNcricinfo, Whatmore refused to shed any light on the issue. "I can't say anything," he said. "I am in no position to say anything."

The committee - which is believed to favour home-grown batting and bowling coaches, given Pakistan's traditional strengths in those disciplines - is yet to conduct a formal interview with any of the candidates, but is understood to have been in touch through mail and phone. It is believed the PCB had set up a meeting between Alam and Whatmore under the Ijaz Butt regime but it was cancelled following the change in administration.

The appointment of a coach will fill a slot that's been lying vacant for the past five months, since Waqar Younis stepped down on health grounds. Mohsin Khan was named interim coach and it's understood he wants to continue in some coaching capacity rather than return to a selectorial role.

"I think I have done fairly a good job," Khan told ESPNcricinfo last month. "I haven't applied for the coaching job but if they [the PCB] ask me to carry on, I'd love to do so."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • ShahbazSalamat on December 8, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Let C what happen. Pakistan Surely need a good coach but Coach should need to focus his own work not indulge his self in player politics as it happened to some of our previous coachs. But hope for the best . Dav Whatmore Is the best Coach in the World i personally like him very much and Best Wishes for him

  • stark-truth on December 8, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Clarifying that the "humiliation" I referred to in the last post was regarding the ignominous four-day exit from World Cup '07 - the loss to Ireland minnows the day before Woolmer had that heart attack. If the medical condition was prompted by the professional disaster of the team including coach, we have just the skipper Inzamam and Woolmer to blame for it as they were the ones calling all the shots in those dark days of our cricket. Nevertheless, rot had set in the team when we hired a foreign mercenary as our coach allied with the weird nature of Inzamam. As can be recalled, he invited his mate Jonty on a merry ride to Pak and got him paid in excess of GBP 20,000 for just a day or two fielding drill in NCA! Amusing thing happened as within a matter of weeks - the same Jaunty Rhodes was cheering and clapping wildly in the SA Dressing Room as Pak was crumbling batting against a rampaging SA attack. Such is the materialistic nature of foreign coaches - nothing but foreign mercenaries.

  • dummy4fb on December 7, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    I think Dav Whatmore is given chance of Head coach of Pakistan Team. But I am wonder that how he long to serve Pakistan cricket team like other caoches.

  • alamtawhid on December 7, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    definately watmoore will b best.....but at first former players need to shut their mouth.

  • stark-truth on December 7, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    @desi_picasso...am not sure what you mean by stating that Pak should be thankful that foreign coaches are still applying for positions "after the Woolmer incident"? Are you suggesting his death was the fault of the players? Yes, indeed the players and especially the petulant and incompetent introverted skipper Inzamam have to take a take the blame for the terrible terrible humiliation, but then the coach had a lot to do with it too. Moreover, the guy died a natural death, however mysterious as it seemed at the time. He was grossly overweight and his cholestrol levels were sky-rocketing due to his penchance for hearty desi breakfasts in Pakistan - halwa puri, nihaari etc. So do elaborate how exactly is Pak to blame for his demise?

  • SilentViewer on December 7, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    I don't know what is the problem with every one in Pakistan. Every one even waseem akram said that we don't need different coaches. I don't understand the logic behind it why the hell they dont understand that our fielding is pathetic so obviously we need a fielding coach who will work with boys. Mohsin or any xyz one main coach can not have enough time for practicing for fielding with every one. We are using 1990's fielding drills which needs to be change. But sounds irritating that no one understand this very simple logic.

  • m.zubair_acca on December 7, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    We need young legs like umer akmal to lift ourself against good teams like Aus, India, SA and ENG. We need guys like Awais Zia, Hammad Azam in batting. Its a blunder that Hammad Azam was not included for ODI's against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. What is Chairmain of PCB is doing, Why not he ask from cheif selector who included imran farhat his son in law and shoib malik for the tour but not hammad azam and awais zia.

  • m.zubair_acca on December 7, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    I am totally agree with Asif Kidwai regarding Wasif Minhas commets, Its time to rethink, if we don't do anything at this time, it will be too late as the next world cup is coming. I mean we should think and decide about Imran Farhat, Shoib malik, Younis Khan OR Misbah ul Haq ya Misbahul Haq i am repeating again Misbah ul Haq, Abdur Razzaq, Sohail Tanveer for the next world cup. We are waisting our time on these players especially by including them in the ODI team.

  • dummy4fb on December 7, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    After BD perhaps the Pakistan batting is worst one, as all know it is their bowling that is winning the game. We need a real batting coach as well as fielding coach, which ain't Mohsin for sure.

  • dummy4fb on December 7, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Well I am happy the way Pakistanis are playing, but playing teams that are not that competitive recently, WI, Zimbabwe, Sri lanka, Bangladesh. The Pakistani caliber will be tested against England and then it will be seen how much they have improved. As far as Mohsin is concerned, up-til now he has done good, the methods he has applied are debatable but what ever he is doing seems to be working for now (even if its sleeping and drinking tea!). Once again the real challenge is England. Waqar is a great loss he is a very good bowling coach. I think every team which is struggling with its bowling should hire Waqar for at least 6 months, he definitely produces results. The new Gul and Hafeez are very good examples

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