Pakistan news January 14, 2012

Whatmore arrives in Lahore to meet with PCB


Dav Whatmore, the former Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coach, has arrived in Lahore to meet with the PCB and discuss what is believed to be the terms of his appointment as Pakistan's head coach. Whatmore has been in talks with the PCB and recently resigned as coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, but an agreement has to be yet to be finalised.

Whatmore, who arrived on Saturday morning, was received by Maqsood Ahmed, the logistics manager of the PCB, and taken to the National Cricket Academy. He will meet with the PCB's coach committee and the board chairman Zaka Ashraf. The appointment of a full-time head coach could possibly be made after the series against England in the UAE.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed was named bowling coach for the England series but an official announcement about a full-time appointment is awaited. The PCB said recently that the head coach would also play a dual role as a batting coach. The coach committee finalised its recommendations for the three coaching positions and was expected to report to the PCB chairman about the same earlier this month. Julian Fountain is in contention to take over as fielding coach, a role currently held by Ijaz Ahmed.

If Whatmore's appointment is confirmed, he will take over from Mohsin Khan, the current interim coach of the national side. Mohsin was among the 30 people who applied for the coaching position vacated by Waqar Younis, but Ashraf reportedly said he wasn't qualified to take over the full-time role.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Rimtu on January 16, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Dav Whatmore is a great coach. He took a bunch of nohoper lankans and turned them into the great team that they are today. He took Bangladesh an even worse team, and left them starting to believe in themselves as a team.

    I think it's a safe choice for Pakistan to go with Dav Whatmore as the coach. Some of the reasons are: He seems to want to stay in the sub-continent, he wants to coach a national team and Pakistan is the only team right now in dire need of a coach.

    Only thing I think is not a good idea is for him to be the head coach as well as the batting coach. I don't think Dav Whatmore is a good batting coach. I think Mohsin's services should be retained if not as an assistant coach then the batting coach. The players seems to have gelled really well under him, so it'd be a mistake to let him go. Players could suddenly feel a loss and get upset by it (seeing how miserably sensitive these Pakistani cricketers are!). Should retain Aquib as well. Pakistan also needs a fielding coach

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    whatmor is best coach best of luck

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    I don't understand this strategy from Pakistan Board of making abrasive decisions again and again, Whatmore is just a simple coach he can't make your team play better cricket. Board should focus on domestic cricket more than any thing else.. any way i wish them well for better decisions this time around for once and i hope that they would make a faux pah again.... mykhan

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT


  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    he has an attacking mindset which combined with our talented players can do wonders. he will need to work hard on mental strength of players. a tough job at hand Mr. watmore. welcome to Pakistan.

  • faisal on January 15, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    imran farhat will ended after whatmore is coming

  • Max on January 15, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    hopefully he will return home without any attack on him, lets pray for that

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Control Board's main problem is the poor management, Tauqir Zia, Naseem Ashraf, Butt and now the current Ashraf (politically appointed) is the main cause of the problems. Coach is never an important part in cricket in fact Board is appointing an western coach to get political gain to get support from western media and probably ICC ............ Western media and cricket commentators takes things very differently if the coach is western in the Asian teams.

  • sayed on January 14, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    What a joke!.... on the eve of the most important test series for Pakistan this distraction. That tells of the un-professionalism at PCB. Couldn't this wait till after the series or at least the first test!

  • ozone8237 on January 14, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Cont.... by Ozone8237 .....or I should say InshaAllah when Pakistan Beats England in UAE then Mr. Whatmore you can only think of going forward and not even look for a single excuse since beating the #1 team without you means the team and the current management has the skills, technique and potential to face and beat anyone. So very very Good Luck to you.. Hopefully you wil take Pakistan Cricket team to a new highest Glory.. Farhan

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