Pakistan news January 16, 2012

Whatmore meetings with PCB positive

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dav Whatmore has said he had positive meetings with members of the Pakistan board in Lahore but there has been no definite decision taken yet on whether or not he will be the new Pakistan coach. Whatmore, who has previously coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, had discussions with the panel the PCB appointed to select a coach and the Pakistan selectors, and also had a courtesy meeting with PCB chief Zaka Ashraf.

"We had some good discussions," Whatmore said. "A decision either way will be made later in the month. It's a case of whether both parties can see a way forward."

While Whatmore and the PCB both maintained no appointment had been made, Whatmore said coaching Pakistan would be an opportunity he would relish. "If I do get the job it will be another challenge in my career," he said. "Pakistan have the potential to be a pretty decent team. They've done well in recent times. If I am with the team every effort will be directed towards ensuring the team is super-competitive."

The PCB, in a statement, said Whatmore had told chairman Ashraf that "Pakistan possesses lots of cricketing talent and the team has the ability to beat any opposition".

Pakistan, under interim coach Mohsin Khan, are set to take on England tomorrow in the first of three Test matches in the UAE. Whatmore said it would be a tough challenge for the team. "England are the No. 1 team in the world, so it won't be easy. But I am sure Pakistan will be prepared."

Pakistan have been without a permanent coach since Waqar Younis resigned after the tour of Zimbabwe in September.

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  • Khair ul on January 19, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    The aim has to be to take the team to No 1 position within a time frame and have a plan around that objective. It does not mean that if they don't reach that it is the end of the world, but when hiring a high profile coach there should be a mission statement and that should be to aim to get to No 1 within a specified time frame.

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    As I have previously commented on foriegn coach, I am still 100% sure that Pakistani cricket team is doing very good under Mohshin. He is putting lot of efforts on mental strength of our players. Our cricketer are also responding very well. The efforts of our players against England is the proof that they are going in right direction.Our mind set should be changed. We should like to value our resources and have a faithin it. Secondly we are thinking that play a positive cricket is the only way to win the test. They are unnecessary critisizing Mishbah. He is trying to support Mohshin to toughen our players mind set.

  • Denham on January 17, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Go on PCB, get DW onboard and you will not regret the investment. The whole world knows what he did with our team SL and the rest is history. I wish DW and PCB all the very best. (A Sri Lankan Cricket spporter)

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    The dithering bunch hoolios at PCB are just acting like wannabees!

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    wonder who else was in the race for coaching Pakistan national cricket team!!!!!

  • Muhammad on January 16, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    a good choice he might be , if selected !

  • Jawwad on January 16, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    As I have commented before and say it again Dav Whatmore always wanted to coach Pakistan. Every coach would love to be able to sit on pool of talent and potent bowling attack Pakistan possesses. He knows given the right environment he can win big here. Had it not been for Inzamam and his ways, Dav would have been Pak coach after Great Woolmer.

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