Pakistan news March 2, 2012

Whatmore attends selection meeting


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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  • Cricket 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.

  • Cricket 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Sukumar 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.

  • Cricket 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.

  • Mohammad Irfan 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.............

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2012, 1:13 GMT

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

  • I 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

  • Cricket 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.

  • Saeed 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.

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