Pakistan news March 2, 2012

Whatmore attends selection meeting

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Dav Whatmore has arrived in Pakistan to begin work as Pakistan's new head coach. He arrived in Lahore on Friday along with Julien Fountain, who will become the fielding coach, and Whatmore attended the selection meeting for the Asia Cup squad which will be his first assignment.

The PCB are yet to make an official announcement about Whatmore but he had discussions with Misbah-ul-Haq at the National Cricket Academy. He will be Pakistan's first permanent coach since September when Waqar Younis quit following the tour of Zimbabwe.

Since then Mohsin Khan, the former batsman, has served as interim coach and his final game in charge was the deciding Twenty20 against England in Abu Dhabi last week. Mohsin enjoyed considerable success as coach, guiding the team to Test series victories against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh before the famous 3-0 whitewash of England. However, the end of his tenure was less successful as Pakistan lost the one-day series 4-0 and Twenty20s 2-1.

The PCB's plan was to recruit a specialist coaching panel covering batting, bowling and fielding. Whatmore is set to cover the batting department while Fountain will concentrate on fielding. Aaqib Javed, the former Pakistan fast bowler, had been lined up to form the trio but he opted to become coach of UAE.

There are no immediate plans to fill the bowling role although Sarfraz Nawaz has been taken on as a fast-bowling consultant at the NCA. Nawaz will work with the bowlers selected in the Asia Cup squad under the supervision of Whatmore.

Fountain, meanwhile, worked with Pakistan previously in 2001 and 2006 under Richard Pybus and the late Bob Woolmer.

Edited by Andrew McGlashan

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 4, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @ Usman Arshad Khan Niazi on :- I think taht when you said " the fittest man is the oldest man in the squad... " What u meant was the the fittest MEN in the sqaud are the oldest MEN in the squad. (Younis Khan & Misbah). And yes you are absolutely right about the players not being atheletic , but all of that can change quickly if the emphasis on fitness comes from the top management. We have seen that happening in other countries. Steve Finn is a great example. In the Pak series he was the fittest and prior to this he was never so fit.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Well the appointment of Qasim has turned out to be a big disapointemnt. let us see what the appointment of Whatmore can bring to Pak cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    professional fielding coaches do not help when players like inzamam would not dive no matter what... pakistanis are bad at fielding as they are not proper professionals and therefore lack the dedication required to become proper athletes... no one is an athlete in the pakistani team.... the fittest man is the oldest man in the squad...

  • POSTED BY sukuviju on | March 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    All Asian teams have similar strengths and weaknesses. They have excellent spin bowlers who thrive in home conditions and their batsmen are all extremely good players of spin bowling. They are however poor travelers and find it extremely difficult to play in English, Australian and S.African conditions. Also their mental strength is suspect, when conditions are no favorable they fold up pretty easily and last but not the least, their fielding is pathetic. We need good fielding coaches for the under 19 team, the teams need lot of motivational talks as they tend to succumb under pressure and finally the fans should just allow our cricketers to play their normal game without putting unnecessary pressures on them. If the people of the sub-continent place their politicians under half as much pressure as their cricketers, the sub-continent would have been the most develped place in the world.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 4, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @ jimmy2s on (March 03 2012, 22:05 PM GMT) :- You need to see the Justice Qayyum Report to understand why Waseem is beng kept away from the Pak dressing room.

  • POSTED BY irfan0303 on | March 4, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    PCB pls approach with legend Wasim Akram to appoint as bowling coach. Pls he is the right one to take over this roll. Bowling Coach - Wasim Akram Batting Coach - Someone from India. Fielding coeach - Someone from South Africa Thanks.............

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    everyone can see what happen to westindies. I think clive loyld shouldve stayed in school till now.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | March 3, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @AlbertEinstein sadly, owing to the stigma of match fixing allegations, Wasim is not allowed around the Pakistan cricket setup in any official capacity. That's why bowlers like Mitchel Starc are benefiting from his coaching, and not not Junaid Khan

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 3, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @ AnotherCricketer on (March 02 2012, 17:10 PM GMT) :-- A good student need not neccessarily mean a teacher. Case in point Waqar Younis, a great bowler but a failed and arrogant coach. He did not do anything to improve the present grouup of fast bowlers, leave alone the fielding or batting. Infact under Waqar and Aquib the Pakistani bowling has reached its lowest ebb, where they have to completely rely on spin. A good fast bowler is one who is strong enough to deliver good speed, hard woriking to be accurate and innovative on the legs to develop instant ideas while bowling to a good batsman. However, the qualities of a good coach is to understand the players get into their mind and techniques, study their weeknesses meticuleously and work patiently on them. Try to improve specific areas on case to case basis with individual players. These qualities were absolutely missing in Waqar and Mohsin.

  • POSTED BY CRICALLi on | March 3, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    One of the definitions of 'Insanity' is: KEEP DOING THE SAME THING OVER & OVER & EXPECT A DIFFERENT RESULT. Fielding continues to be a problem for Pakistan because it continues the same approach in trying to fix it at the top(international level). Fountain's third stint in 10 years; Clearly he had no impact on the quality of fielding beyond the players who are now retired & even then those players never reached the standard of top Teams. So what happens after he goes & players are replaced... back to the old lethargic & indisciplined fielding. This problem must be tackled at its roots - at the National Level. Changing this culture will not be easy. Board members/selectors/coaches should read - 'HIGH VELOCITY CULTURE CHANGE' and 'RAFA' by Rafael Nadal & John Carlin- current Tennis Olympic champion. Physical fitness/Agility must be part of the school's curriculum in conjunction with a 'Train the Trainer' program for Coaches at all levels to acquire Fountain's/Whatmore's Skills.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 4, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @ Usman Arshad Khan Niazi on :- I think taht when you said " the fittest man is the oldest man in the squad... " What u meant was the the fittest MEN in the sqaud are the oldest MEN in the squad. (Younis Khan & Misbah). And yes you are absolutely right about the players not being atheletic , but all of that can change quickly if the emphasis on fitness comes from the top management. We have seen that happening in other countries. Steve Finn is a great example. In the Pak series he was the fittest and prior to this he was never so fit.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Well the appointment of Qasim has turned out to be a big disapointemnt. let us see what the appointment of Whatmore can bring to Pak cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    professional fielding coaches do not help when players like inzamam would not dive no matter what... pakistanis are bad at fielding as they are not proper professionals and therefore lack the dedication required to become proper athletes... no one is an athlete in the pakistani team.... the fittest man is the oldest man in the squad...

  • POSTED BY sukuviju on | March 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    All Asian teams have similar strengths and weaknesses. They have excellent spin bowlers who thrive in home conditions and their batsmen are all extremely good players of spin bowling. They are however poor travelers and find it extremely difficult to play in English, Australian and S.African conditions. Also their mental strength is suspect, when conditions are no favorable they fold up pretty easily and last but not the least, their fielding is pathetic. We need good fielding coaches for the under 19 team, the teams need lot of motivational talks as they tend to succumb under pressure and finally the fans should just allow our cricketers to play their normal game without putting unnecessary pressures on them. If the people of the sub-continent place their politicians under half as much pressure as their cricketers, the sub-continent would have been the most develped place in the world.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 4, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @ jimmy2s on (March 03 2012, 22:05 PM GMT) :- You need to see the Justice Qayyum Report to understand why Waseem is beng kept away from the Pak dressing room.

  • POSTED BY irfan0303 on | March 4, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    PCB pls approach with legend Wasim Akram to appoint as bowling coach. Pls he is the right one to take over this roll. Bowling Coach - Wasim Akram Batting Coach - Someone from India. Fielding coeach - Someone from South Africa Thanks.............

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    everyone can see what happen to westindies. I think clive loyld shouldve stayed in school till now.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | March 3, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @AlbertEinstein sadly, owing to the stigma of match fixing allegations, Wasim is not allowed around the Pakistan cricket setup in any official capacity. That's why bowlers like Mitchel Starc are benefiting from his coaching, and not not Junaid Khan

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 3, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @ AnotherCricketer on (March 02 2012, 17:10 PM GMT) :-- A good student need not neccessarily mean a teacher. Case in point Waqar Younis, a great bowler but a failed and arrogant coach. He did not do anything to improve the present grouup of fast bowlers, leave alone the fielding or batting. Infact under Waqar and Aquib the Pakistani bowling has reached its lowest ebb, where they have to completely rely on spin. A good fast bowler is one who is strong enough to deliver good speed, hard woriking to be accurate and innovative on the legs to develop instant ideas while bowling to a good batsman. However, the qualities of a good coach is to understand the players get into their mind and techniques, study their weeknesses meticuleously and work patiently on them. Try to improve specific areas on case to case basis with individual players. These qualities were absolutely missing in Waqar and Mohsin.

  • POSTED BY CRICALLi on | March 3, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    One of the definitions of 'Insanity' is: KEEP DOING THE SAME THING OVER & OVER & EXPECT A DIFFERENT RESULT. Fielding continues to be a problem for Pakistan because it continues the same approach in trying to fix it at the top(international level). Fountain's third stint in 10 years; Clearly he had no impact on the quality of fielding beyond the players who are now retired & even then those players never reached the standard of top Teams. So what happens after he goes & players are replaced... back to the old lethargic & indisciplined fielding. This problem must be tackled at its roots - at the National Level. Changing this culture will not be easy. Board members/selectors/coaches should read - 'HIGH VELOCITY CULTURE CHANGE' and 'RAFA' by Rafael Nadal & John Carlin- current Tennis Olympic champion. Physical fitness/Agility must be part of the school's curriculum in conjunction with a 'Train the Trainer' program for Coaches at all levels to acquire Fountain's/Whatmore's Skills.

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | March 3, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Pakistan has made an outstanding recovery in cricket in the last year.This was due to astute leadership of Misbah combined with UAE pitches favoring their spinners. There is nothing outstanding about their pace bowling, fielding or one day batting. Misbah should guide the test team but they need changes in the ODI format. Perhaps Afridi should lead these teams and Whatmore can provide the expertise to guide this side.

  • POSTED BY rudeboi987 on | March 3, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    I just hope for the sake of pakistan cricket that whatmore coming in brings success and the players can improve. What i hope from whatmore is bringing in new talent and grooming a new captain who will lead pakistan in the 2015 world cup, i have heard a lot of people mention mohammad hafeez but he cant even justify his selection as a opening bat captaincy is a longshot! but am hoping in months to come there will be changes and people such as younus khan and misbah will be left just to play test cricket and young guns such as ahmed shahzad, hammad azam etc will be groomed.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Thank u very much Mr. Whatmore. I wish u for all success. I hope u will do ur best. PCB pls approach with legend Wasim Akram to appoint as bowling coach. Pls he is the right one to take over this role.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 3, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @ CRICALLi on (March 03 2012, 01:52 AM GMT) :-- I believe that Pak fielding is the worst in the World. Pak first need a professional fielding coach before anything esle. Next Pak batting is also one of the weekest in the world. That also needs to improve. BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THAT NOW PAK BOWLING IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE EARLIER. Now Gul has absolutely failed to lead the attack and Pak selectors have also failed to provide any other fast bowling options. They are afraid to move beyond Gul & W.Riaz.. Though J.Khan & Cheema are not being provided fair opportunites. Sadaf Hussain, Mohd.Talha, deserse opportunities since a long time. Now it is exposed that there is need of new fast bowlers. But the selectors continue to fail in their duties, inspite of their being good talent available.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Whatmore to expect from Whatmore, i dont know.....but if he can mold the guys to follow the discipline protocols, then there might be something worth noticing........

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | March 3, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @ mr.CRICALLI. We have evry right to expect great thngs 4rm our team as we pak fans cannot expect these 4rm othr teams bt only 4rm our own team,so thre z nothng like unfairness with this bcoz they are profesinl aftr all. 2ndly u bettr check d record against which teams dId great MISBALL'S stats sugest them worth mentioning?R U TALKNG ABOUT AGAINST BANG,ZIM,NZ(MOST INCONSISTNT) AND AGAINST SL.(WHEN THY WERE DOWN AND OUT UNDR CAPTAINCY OF DILSHAN).MATE MISBAH CAN DRAW U MATCHS BT CANNOT WIN.AS SIMPLE AS THAT. If u r nt satisfied with my argument, i would try to post anothr one here so dn't wry and no need to over.rate the Already highly OVR.RATD MISBAL HAQ

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    i think this is not fair with misbah pakistanis are abusing him dor just losing a twenty 20. he and afridi have united pak team after spot fixing afridi left after fight with waqar but misbah stayed he was the one who has rebuilt pakistani tean and now we are abusing him for just losing a match. i think he should retire form 20 20 but dont kick him off let him retire by himself he should stay in odi and test for 1 year. pakistanis should think again abput misbah

  • POSTED BY Match-winner on | March 3, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @CRICALLi No body disputes that Mohsin's stint was a good one & the team produced good results. But even with the team winning with Mohsin as the coach, I agreed with those in favor of D Whatmore as head coach; because the issue with us is not technical [and if it is technical, then it should not be sorted out at the National team level, but in academies], the issue with our team is mostly psychological, and at the planning level. The team at National Level needs to have the mental strength to become a better team, which I am afraid wasn't possible with our typical defensive mindset! D Whatmore can, and I really hope he does, bring in the required mental & psychological strength which is absolutely essential at this level for consistency & stability. Best of luck to Pakistan team under D Whatmore & Misbah, InshaAllah it will be alright in the end.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    @Einstein, you probably don't know how incredibly good Aquib is as a coach. He was in the world cup winning team of 92 as a player, he coached the under 19 team to world cup victory, and he was the bowling coach when Pakistan won the 2009 Twenty20 world cup. Being a coach is not about being the best yourself as much as it is about bringing out the best in others.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | March 3, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    As a Sri lankan I can say Dav is a superb coach but he Pakistan team should be prepared to have strict coach who will work them really hard,if thy are to improe. I do feel sorry for previous coach who seemed to do a very good job..

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    guys i think its more of power struggle at coaching level. 4-0 loss and 20-20 loss are a good indicator of that. Bottom line is that we still have bad apples in the team and we need to bring all the good under 19 talent like hamad azam etc in to the team. The old boys are only good for test , ODIs and T20 we need young smart talent , Misbah is too slow for T20 and ODI he should retire and give someone else a chance. Coaches are just symbolic , the playing 11 needs to give politically free 100% performance else we will keep on seeing this see saw performances!!!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 3, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    This man is a known team builder. He took SL to world cup glory in 1996 and saw Bangladesh's inception into test cricket. Now he has a fragile Pakistani team to work with. If he can understand and tackle the intricacies of Pakistani cricket culture then he would have done his job. Most importantly, the task for Whatmore would be to build a team for the world cup in 2015 as well trying to get Pakistan up the ladder in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY ankit.kedia on | March 3, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Personally I believe Whatmore is not fit for test and 50 over odi cricket, he is a good 20-20 coach.. and nothing more. Also when you have talents like Wasim Akram, Imran Khan in-house why bother abt someone else, it wud be like when sachin retires and bcci sticks with some idiot like fletcher... i think brian lara or steve waugh wud have been a better choice

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 3, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Surely Pakistan needs a good fielding coach. Also they need a good batting coach. This seems to be a step in the right direction. In any case the bowling coaches of Waqar Younis and Aquib Javed do not appear to make any improvements on the fast bowlers as Pakistan's pace attack has slumped to thier ebb since the last 30 years. Mohd.Talha is suffering from a back injury so that is understandable. But in thease circumstances I wonder why Sadaf Hussain is delayed.

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | March 3, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I think its a very good decision as we needed specialist batsmen to coach our team. Our batting is pedestrian at best ! and we having Jeff Lawson, Intikhab Alam and then later again Waqar Younus was a mistake not because of the quality of these people, both Lawson and Waqar are top notch pros. But we needed a good batsmen to coach our batsmen's techniques. I am sure Whatmore would have a say in selection and we already saw the result, Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik are out !!! Good start dude.

  • POSTED BY CRICALLi on | March 3, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    I am so disappointed in Pakistan. Here u have an opportunity to develop your own home grown coach who did very well despite the clear inexperience/weaknesses in the skill level of the Team. Here you have an opportunity to show the World that Pakistan has the ability to lead its people to to greatness. One can argue that his results are better than late BOB Woolmer. What most people are missing are the leadership skills Misbah/Mohsin brings to the table. They may not have the technical skill set of a Whatmore but that can be acquired.Many may not know that the World renowned &Great West Indian skipper Clive Lloyd went to school even after he won the world cup in 1975 to learn to be a better leader -skills he used to destroy Teams all over the World including Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY CRICALLi on | March 3, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Most believe that Pak batting is relatively weak compared to the top teams; yet many expect them to beat the # 1 Team In the world all the time. Is'nt this unfair? While I would admit that both of them have room for improvement; this can only happen over time with introspection &Training. Misbah's success record is much better than any other over the last decade-check the record. Who has a better record? You cannot develop your country's cricket with pride & dignity without developing Home Grown Coaches; which cannot be done by constantly hiring foreign coaches to fix the problem at the top. Coach/Captain did not develop the greatest spin bowling attack in the world, it was cultivated at all levels of Pak cricket, but then so was poor fielding & batting. Fix your batting & fielding at the National Level first; only then you can crucify your International captain & coach for losing. Hire an International Coach as a Guide/Consultant/Trainer to Train Local Coaches at all levels.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 3, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    I wonder, when this Fountain of fielding intelect has already spent time with Pakistan team in the past without any betterment in the fielding performances, then how would PCB expect him to bring a change now. Secondly, as I have seen Watmore with SL and Bangladesh, I think he is an other Misbah who doesnt like changes. Can we expect some long term plans from him where he introduces some fresh talent like Usman Sallahuddin and give them a long enough run to develope and prove their talent. Would he stand in the way of political and friendly selections?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Hope fully Dav Whatmore can rebuild the Pakistan team that is struggling in all departments they dont have good batsmen the balance of team is not right thanks to the selectors and our pace bowlers are just pathetic we need to rely on spinners which they wont always win us matches and our fielding is just pathetic hope fully Julian fountain and Dav whatmore can do the job just like in late Bob Woolmers time they were a force to reckon with till 2006

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Heartly Welcome Dear Mr, Whatmore.Plz do your best and bring Pakistani cricket to his best.Thank You In Advance.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | March 2, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Pak team needs a psychologist and an English tutor. That's it! They just need some self-confidence and self-belief!

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketer on | March 2, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Good luck to Mr Whatmore. Wasim Akram would've been a better candidate for the bowling coach. PCB may have tried to approach and failed to get a committment.

  • POSTED BY AlbertEinstein on | March 2, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Aaqid javed ??? What was PCB thinking ? in a country that has produced the best fast bowlers of all time, they had a bowling coach who was a mediocre bowler during his peak. Why don't you guys hire Wasim Akram as the bowling coach to complete the champion coaching team along with Whatmore and Fountain ?

  • POSTED BY iBilal on | March 2, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    From the picture, it looks like Whatmore is posing with his lookalike police officer. Thats up in the Doppelgangers

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  • POSTED BY iBilal on | March 2, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    From the picture, it looks like Whatmore is posing with his lookalike police officer. Thats up in the Doppelgangers

  • POSTED BY AlbertEinstein on | March 2, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Aaqid javed ??? What was PCB thinking ? in a country that has produced the best fast bowlers of all time, they had a bowling coach who was a mediocre bowler during his peak. Why don't you guys hire Wasim Akram as the bowling coach to complete the champion coaching team along with Whatmore and Fountain ?

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketer on | March 2, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Good luck to Mr Whatmore. Wasim Akram would've been a better candidate for the bowling coach. PCB may have tried to approach and failed to get a committment.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | March 2, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Pak team needs a psychologist and an English tutor. That's it! They just need some self-confidence and self-belief!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Heartly Welcome Dear Mr, Whatmore.Plz do your best and bring Pakistani cricket to his best.Thank You In Advance.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Hope fully Dav Whatmore can rebuild the Pakistan team that is struggling in all departments they dont have good batsmen the balance of team is not right thanks to the selectors and our pace bowlers are just pathetic we need to rely on spinners which they wont always win us matches and our fielding is just pathetic hope fully Julian fountain and Dav whatmore can do the job just like in late Bob Woolmers time they were a force to reckon with till 2006

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 3, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    I wonder, when this Fountain of fielding intelect has already spent time with Pakistan team in the past without any betterment in the fielding performances, then how would PCB expect him to bring a change now. Secondly, as I have seen Watmore with SL and Bangladesh, I think he is an other Misbah who doesnt like changes. Can we expect some long term plans from him where he introduces some fresh talent like Usman Sallahuddin and give them a long enough run to develope and prove their talent. Would he stand in the way of political and friendly selections?

  • POSTED BY CRICALLi on | March 3, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Most believe that Pak batting is relatively weak compared to the top teams; yet many expect them to beat the # 1 Team In the world all the time. Is'nt this unfair? While I would admit that both of them have room for improvement; this can only happen over time with introspection &Training. Misbah's success record is much better than any other over the last decade-check the record. Who has a better record? You cannot develop your country's cricket with pride & dignity without developing Home Grown Coaches; which cannot be done by constantly hiring foreign coaches to fix the problem at the top. Coach/Captain did not develop the greatest spin bowling attack in the world, it was cultivated at all levels of Pak cricket, but then so was poor fielding & batting. Fix your batting & fielding at the National Level first; only then you can crucify your International captain & coach for losing. Hire an International Coach as a Guide/Consultant/Trainer to Train Local Coaches at all levels.

  • POSTED BY CRICALLi on | March 3, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    I am so disappointed in Pakistan. Here u have an opportunity to develop your own home grown coach who did very well despite the clear inexperience/weaknesses in the skill level of the Team. Here you have an opportunity to show the World that Pakistan has the ability to lead its people to to greatness. One can argue that his results are better than late BOB Woolmer. What most people are missing are the leadership skills Misbah/Mohsin brings to the table. They may not have the technical skill set of a Whatmore but that can be acquired.Many may not know that the World renowned &Great West Indian skipper Clive Lloyd went to school even after he won the world cup in 1975 to learn to be a better leader -skills he used to destroy Teams all over the World including Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | March 3, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I think its a very good decision as we needed specialist batsmen to coach our team. Our batting is pedestrian at best ! and we having Jeff Lawson, Intikhab Alam and then later again Waqar Younus was a mistake not because of the quality of these people, both Lawson and Waqar are top notch pros. But we needed a good batsmen to coach our batsmen's techniques. I am sure Whatmore would have a say in selection and we already saw the result, Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik are out !!! Good start dude.