Pakistan news March 4, 2012

Whatmore signs two-year deal as Pakistan coach


Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain have signed two-year contracts with the PCB as Pakistan coach and Pakistan fielding coach respectively. Whatmore and Fountain had arrived in Lahore on March 2 but there had not been an official announcement regarding their appointment. On March 4, Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, and Intikhab Alam, the director of international cricket, formally announced that Whatmore and Fountain had been contracted by the board.

"I wanted the best coaches in the world for my team and I gave the task of finding them to the committee appointed to select a coach," Ashraf said at a press conference in Lahore. "They analysed all the candidates and they have found the best people for our team. I am happy to have Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain as a part of our setup and hope they can ensure Pakistan always puts up fighting performances, whether we lose or win."

Whatmore, who has previously coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, has been linked with the Pakistan coaching job since December last year. Waqar Younis had quit the job after the tour of Zimbabwe in September and Pakistan were due to announce a coach after their tour of Bangladesh. However, the interim coach, Mohsin Khan, continued in the role for the England series. Meanwhile, Whatmore met with the PCB in January and has now been officially given the role of head coach. Fountain, who has been fielding coach of Bangladesh and worked with the PCB before, also met the PCB in January and travelled with Whatmore to Lahore on March 2.

Whatmore said his goal was to bring some consistency to the team and do away with the poor performances. "We want to be consistent. We don't want peaks and troughs," Whatmore said. "We want the team to be at a good level for a long period. When we're brilliant there will be peaks, but we want to still perform and win games when we're not brilliant. We want to eliminate the bad performances. But you can't do that by focusing on the result. You have to focus on the process."

The appointments come after Pakistan followed up their whitewash of England in the Test series in the UAE by losing 0-4 in the ODIs and 1-2 in the Twenty20 internationals. Whatmore said the performances had been disappointing but said he was more concerned with the future. "It was disappointing after the fantastic effort in the Tests. Everyone needs consistency and to at least put up a fight in games, even if you lose them. But I'm not looking too much at the past. We want to focus on what's coming up keeping in mind what's happened before."

Whatmore's first assignment is the Asia Cup, a one-day tournament also featuring India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He said Pakistan would need to select different teams for all three formats. Whatmore also made clear that though the eventual goal was to take Pakistan to the top of the rankings in all formats, it would take time.

"At the minute the team is ranked six [Pakistan are fifth in Tests and sixth in ODIs in the ICC rankings], so it will take time to get them to the top. To achieve anything you have to take small steps. We are focussed on those steps now rather than the ultimate goal.

Whatmore and Fountain have visited the National Cricket Academy in Lahore where former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz is working with the national team's bowlers.

Whatmore is set to cover the batting department for Pakistan 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. The PCB has said it will advertise to fill the position of bowling coach but will not rush into a decision.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • RANA on March 7, 2012, 10:34 GMT


  • syed on March 6, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Just curious, as to what are the terms of contract. I am hoping they have something on performance measures and both short term and long term expectations and how much is he being paid.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    I think Dev whatmore ha sgot vey balance side.I would like to see how he bring consistenancy in this.Mainly he should instill a sense in batsmen to stay at the wicket and play as per situation of the match.I think his main job is to work with Hafiz,Umer Akmal and Afridi's batting.I want to see a lot of improvement in our fielding. Specially catching and preventing double from single.We have very poor running between the wickets.Our fielders should throw on the stumps.

  • Salman on March 6, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    A retrogressive step yet again by PCB. When you have excellent and willing ex-players who know the system inside out, why have foreign coaches? What allegiance does a foreign coach have with the team and nation, save for his bucks? They are nothing but mercenaries. Woolmer took us absolutely nowhere, and led to a most ignominous WC 07 exit. Gimmickery and tall talk won't benefit Pak. We need performers - own coach.

  • Javed Munir on March 6, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    I guess we need to have foreign Chairman, foreign selection committee and along with foreign players to achieve better result

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Not an easy team to coach!!!!!!!

  • Zuhaib on March 5, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    GUYS dont expect so much from WHATMORE specially in ASIA cup coz that is his first assignment & his available team is also weak...batsman r struggling to find form & the pace department is so weak coz GUL always inconsistent,CHEEMA always delivered 1 four delivery in an over & WAHAB ji always failed to bowl new ball...dont rely only on spinners coz LANKANS & INDIANS r masters to handle spin...PAK performance is depend on tuk tuk king MISBAH & funny YOUNUS,if these seniors prove his worth in ASIA cup then the result might be different but i think it is really difficult for him...MISBAH need to change his defensive approach,if not then plz PCB change this CAPTAIN as soon as possible specially in LIMITED OVERS GAME if you want improvement in PAK performances & appoint AFRIDI as captain...

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    If Pakistan Cricket Board will not respect and give opportunity to Pakistan's Ex Cricketers and Experts... no other one allow them to enter in progressive world, I think there is need of foreign Chairman of PCB(hahahahaha) it's joke but they must think about it

  • Cricket on March 5, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    No one should not expect instant results. These things take some time. Straight away you cannot expect results in the Asia Cup. Overnight you cannot expect bad fielders to become good fielders. Also the batting techniques that need to be corrected will take some time. Overall if you find small pockets of improvement in fielding and batting techniques, you should be happy. Atleast thease professional coaches will be makiing careful notes and work on the small small things that need to be corrected.

  • hibbatur on March 5, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Mr.Whatmore described the Pakistan performances as "Disappointing", nothing can be further from the truth as this statement. Mr.Whatmore should look at the Pakistan performance of the past two years before making silly statements. Waqar took over the team from the ashes of 2010, and then Mohsin polished it to a level where we beat world No.1 by a margin of 3-0 in TEST series, ODIs and T20 is not the real cricket. I hope Mr.Whatmore does not bring the team down from its current level.

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