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No extension for Whatmore as Pakistan coach

Umar Farooq

November 10, 2013

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Dav Whatmore at the visitors' dressing room, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day, September 10, 2013
Dav Whatmore's last assignment with Pakistan will be the upcoming Sri Lanka series in the UAE © AFP
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The PCB will not renew Pakistan head coach Dav Whatmore's contract, when it expires ahead of the Asia Cup in late February 2014. The PCB said in a release that Whatmore informed the board earlier this month that he would not be seeking an extension in the job due to personal and family reasons. His last assignment with Pakistan will be the upcoming Sri Lanka series in the UAE, between December 2013 and January 2014.

The release said the two parties had "mutually agreed to conclude the contract on February 28, 2014". "Everyone at the PCB wishes Mr Whatmore the very best at a personal level and in the world of cricket in the future," the statement said.*

ESPNcricinfo understands that PCB had been mulling releasing Whatmore after the Champions Trophy in June, in which Pakistan didn't win a match, but held back on such a move to avoid the compensation (three months' salary) they would have had to pay him if they terminated the contract.

"We are not against a foreign coach," PCB Interim Management Committee head, Najam Sethi, recently said in the UAE. "Our problem is, with foreign coaches our players are not able to communicate freely. The players are not that well educated when it comes to English. So there is a lot of problem in communicating with each other and they don't understand fully."

Whatmore was appointed head coach in March 2012 and Pakistan have failed to win a Test series under him, and have only won two out of the 10 matches they've played so far. After feedback from various players in the team, it is learnt, the PCB is not satisfied. A top PCB official said that some players are not quite comfortable around Whatmore and the suggestion is to bring in a local coach.

Sethi told Gulf News: "I personally think the coach has done a decent job but his contract expires in February, so we have to seriously look at it. In fact, I think Whatmore himself will be looking at it. I won't deny that there is tremendous pressure to appoint a home-bred coach."

Recently, spinner Saeed Ajmal had said on television that there was no difference between Whatmore and a local coach, and that language was proving to be a barrier. "There is no difference, just that we are paying more to him, otherwise there is no difference," Ajmal said. "Dav is a foreign coach, he doesn't know our language much, but he is a coach and has done coaching for various countries and has helped other teams win, he is not that bad. We had our coaches, we have our language."

Whatmore, 59, while talking to ESPNcricinfo in September, confirmed that there would have to be a mutual understanding between him and the PCB if his contract is to be renewed. "When you are about to conclude your contract, these questions do emerge," Whatmore said. "But the renewal depends on mutual willingness. I know what I do is done with the best of intentions and at the end of the day I can sleep straight, comfortably."

*04.25GMT, November 13: This article was updated after the PCB sent out a statement.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

Told Early and Now see the horror;s as players have no coach any longer for next 3 months until he's tenure's finished.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

it's about time he went I dont see anything special in him or his training methods

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

It seems PCB still has not understood the facts! Appointing foreign coaches or local coaches wont change the teams ability to perform... PCB needs to change the entire team except for 4 who have performed (Junaid, Irfan, Ajmal & Sohaib). The rest should be replaced immediately...

Posted by ashyusuf on (November 12, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Pakistan selectors are not select right players they give chance to veteran cricketers.

Posted by Bilal_S on (November 11, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

PCB infuriates with every move they make. Why disclose that you are going to axe the coach 4 months before he has to go? How is he supposed to do his job in the meantime? Not like he has to take this team to play against the best team in the world on their home turf or anything...

Posted by Fijicricket on (November 11, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

There is no point in blaming the coach when you just dont have players that can play at the level required. And doctoring pitches at home for some sort of victory in the long term makes it difficult to readjust to real pitches. Instead of getting rid of the coach, get rid of doctored pitches!

Posted by ameen786 on (November 11, 2013, 23:17 GMT)

Dear All,

you should understand the politics of PCB we cannot blame a Coach of Calibare like whatmore where he improve Srilanka, Bangladesh,Lancashire also NCA in India.. A Coach can only teach he cannot perform on the field on behalf of players. Misbah is the batsmen who is scoring good in the team so we cannot blame him. What kind of cricket Does Hafeez and Afridi play they will not even Qualify in Austrailian Club Cricket.

please keep Misbah and just throw hafeez afridi Tanveer.....

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

Personally, I think the only deserving and proven coach is Mohsin Khan. His results speak volumes!! I hope someone is sensible enough to good for the team for a change

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

I am amazed that Mr. Sethi can announce such news while the current coach is still serving his tenure. This is certainly a moral let down. How do you suppose Mr. Whatmnore and team will play during the SL series?

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