Pakistan news January 14, 2012

Whatmore arrives in Lahore to meet with PCB

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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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  • POSTED BY r1m2 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

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    whatmor is best coach best of luck

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    ALL THE BEST TO DAV WHATMORE AND PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY faisalzaman on | January 15, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    imran farhat will ended after whatmore is coming

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | January 15, 2012, 3:22 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Sayedgee 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!

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY r1m2 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

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    whatmor is best coach best of luck

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    ALL THE BEST TO DAV WHATMORE AND PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY faisalzaman on | January 15, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    imran farhat will ended after whatmore is coming

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | January 15, 2012, 3:22 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Sayedgee 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!

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY ozone8237 on | January 14, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    As Javed Miandad once said, A coach can only direct a team to a limit and outside the boundary line the rest is on Captain's shoulders to lead the team from the front. MashaAllah(With the grace of God) Pakistan's team is already on a winning track. Call Waqar Younis as not being popular in dressing room, Call Mohsin as not having a lot of coaching experience, though he has proved he can take the job and not humiliate the board or the team. So the the Landing of Whatmore's Jet is not on a Barren land but a land where seeds have already been sown and the greenery is already visible on various parts of land. Thanks to the joint effort of Waqar, Mohsin, Aqib, Ijaz, Misbah and the whole team playing as one Unit. The so called spot-fixing scandal also helped the team to get united and focus on basics when it was cornered by the other cricketing nations. So Mr. Whatmore you will have less excuses to make in case God forbid Pakistan starts to lose quite often....

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Whatmore could one ask for?

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Whatmor could we ask for?

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | January 14, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    He kinda look like inzi (inzamam). ain't it? Ciao.....

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | January 14, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    i hope he returns home safe from this trip. just praying for his safety

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    i dont have any problem with whatmore being the coach..but what about mohsin khan whos on the tour..wont this lead his reputation to fall down in the eyes of pakistani players ? and what about the locals ? the miandad,the ramiz,sarfaraz nawaz etc ?

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | January 14, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    I pretty much hope that the deal falls apart and Dean Jones gets on-board as Pakistan coach.

  • POSTED BY Capround on | January 14, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    A Coach needs to take care of two things: One is man and morale management and the second is the technical aspect i.e. batting, bowling, fielding, tactics etc. With the Pakistan team the first aspect has been traditionally problematic. Only under Imran Khan was this solved -- and perhaps under Waqar Younis as well. Owing to Whatmore's aggressive, no-nonsense attitude -- senior players tend to resent him which again creates groupings in the team. Perhaps Whatmore can address that issue this time around. Good luck to him and of course to Pakistan if he is selected!

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Great choice, Good luck PAKs.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 14, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Lord Esmworth - +1 absolutely but given the fact that as coach/captain of sri lanka, you cant pick your team and when things go wrong its your fault when things go right its due to a little man in a big office..why would he/anyone...

  • POSTED BY Ignatiuscric on | January 14, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Ravi Shastri was once praising Whatmore to take on the reins of coaching fr India and B'coz of which he was made NCA chief. We don't know how good or bad he was but India should have tried him at the highest level. Duncan can't find things going at the moment as he has limited knowledge abt local Indian domestic set up n talent. Happy fr Pakistan as they will be getting someone who can guide them fwd. all the best Mr. Whatmore

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    what more whatmore can do? he's an expired coach,

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Wow !! Its a great News Whatmore is Brilliant Coach No Doubt Welcome to our land Hope U r the Key for Pakistan Cricket and his Players for Winning major Events Good Luck.....

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @ Ali Qureshi Until Mohammad Ilyas (father-in-law of Imran Farhat) is the Chairman of the Selection Committee of PCB, Imran will stay in the side.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | January 14, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Though it's not final, it's good to hear that Whatmore seems to have agreed to take over the coaching of the Pakistan team. No doubt that he's an excellent choice for a team looking to develop its winning ways and improve its reputation in international cricket. Welcome news, and all the best to the new coach.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | January 14, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Dav, Once you have taken Pakistan to a world cup win in 2015 please come back and coach the Sri Lanka team again. SL really need you now.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Welcome change, as long as he will be coach, Imran Farhat and likes will never be in team!

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    i think this is goo decision to pcb

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I totally Agree With Mr. Junaid Farhan.. I Dont Understand why people started criticising Foreign Coaches.. In my Opinion Mr. Watmore is a professional coach independent from politics and in my opinion Captain And coach must also be the member of selection committe while ther must be one selector from domestic circle who ensures no talent is wated.. I dont Understand why Tanvir Ahmed and Sohail khan or M.Talha & Khalil are not been selected and why we are not grooming Yasir shah only Leg Spinner in Domestic having good techniques.. We always need an independent person to select the talent... Javed miandad must be the coach cum selector in domestic circle..HE must groom the new talent with Aaqib javed for fast bowling Dept..

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Whatmore will take pakistan cricket to new heights , hes a gem , i dont understand why ppl are recommending mohsin khan over him , looks like a silly joke , hes a proffesional coach and has no comparrison with mohsin , so when whatmore is hea , what more can we ask for !

  • POSTED BY aaaaatif on | January 14, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    One thing i know about Whatmore is his aggression and combined that with Pakistan's talent..................just imagine.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    he will not be a suitable choice for Pakistani team.......

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    FEEL TH SUCCESS! KEEP MOVING FORWARD! BELIEVE IN YOU! CONVERT WEAKNESS TO STRENGTHS! BE SIMPLE AND NICE! MAKE USE OF YOUR TALENTS! ENJOY YOUR WORK! "Well done is better than well said" >>>>>>>> Walk the talk, Talk the walk!

    Abdur Rahman from Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Mr.Dav Whatmore! You are welcome to Pakistan as a Coach! I wish you to do all your level best! (Never judge a man's action until you know his motives)

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Interesting! Well, we can only hope for the best. I've heard Dav has had issues wherever he coached in the past. But I think it can be a good combination, Pakistan and Whatmore may go along well in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was the best coach Pak ever had...

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  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was the best coach Pak ever had...

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Interesting! Well, we can only hope for the best. I've heard Dav has had issues wherever he coached in the past. But I think it can be a good combination, Pakistan and Whatmore may go along well in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Mr.Dav Whatmore! You are welcome to Pakistan as a Coach! I wish you to do all your level best! (Never judge a man's action until you know his motives)

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    FEEL TH SUCCESS! KEEP MOVING FORWARD! BELIEVE IN YOU! CONVERT WEAKNESS TO STRENGTHS! BE SIMPLE AND NICE! MAKE USE OF YOUR TALENTS! ENJOY YOUR WORK! "Well done is better than well said" >>>>>>>> Walk the talk, Talk the walk!

    Abdur Rahman from Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    he will not be a suitable choice for Pakistani team.......

  • POSTED BY aaaaatif on | January 14, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    One thing i know about Whatmore is his aggression and combined that with Pakistan's talent..................just imagine.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Whatmore will take pakistan cricket to new heights , hes a gem , i dont understand why ppl are recommending mohsin khan over him , looks like a silly joke , hes a proffesional coach and has no comparrison with mohsin , so when whatmore is hea , what more can we ask for !

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I totally Agree With Mr. Junaid Farhan.. I Dont Understand why people started criticising Foreign Coaches.. In my Opinion Mr. Watmore is a professional coach independent from politics and in my opinion Captain And coach must also be the member of selection committe while ther must be one selector from domestic circle who ensures no talent is wated.. I dont Understand why Tanvir Ahmed and Sohail khan or M.Talha & Khalil are not been selected and why we are not grooming Yasir shah only Leg Spinner in Domestic having good techniques.. We always need an independent person to select the talent... Javed miandad must be the coach cum selector in domestic circle..HE must groom the new talent with Aaqib javed for fast bowling Dept..

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    i think this is goo decision to pcb

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Welcome change, as long as he will be coach, Imran Farhat and likes will never be in team!