Pakistan news March 4, 2012

Whatmore signs two-year deal as Pakistan coach

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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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  • RANA1610 on March 7, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I THINK MOHSIN WAS DOING WELL, JUST TO REPLACE FEW PLAYERS LIKE CHEEMA, WAHAB, AND HAFEEZ,

  • crictalk123 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.

  • 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.

  • stark-truth 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_Dar 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

  • on March 6, 2012, 2:02 GMT

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

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL 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...

  • 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

  • Sports4Youth 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.

  • keptalittlelow 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.

  • RANA1610 on March 7, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I THINK MOHSIN WAS DOING WELL, JUST TO REPLACE FEW PLAYERS LIKE CHEEMA, WAHAB, AND HAFEEZ,

  • crictalk123 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.

  • 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.

  • stark-truth 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_Dar 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

  • on March 6, 2012, 2:02 GMT

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

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL 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...

  • 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

  • Sports4Youth 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.

  • keptalittlelow 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.

  • sfjamal on March 5, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    what Pakistan need are better batsmen as always but need of streamlining the bowling attack. Pakistan has never been consistent and at times when they were; it was because of world-class bowling attack. What they need to work on is find better batsmen or work with the existing ones, which by the way are very talented. Bowling is below par from Pakistan standards and MUST find better fast paced bowlers. Its always the bowling that have been key to Pakistan's success.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    The Pakistan will never perform well under Misbah's Captaincy he is not a match winning player... don't understand what kind of a cricketer is he ? that he won't be able to score singles under pressure ...this is a request to Dav Whatmore to kindly through Misbah away from all forms of game.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Lots of people are just criticizing whatmore for bangladesh and srilanka, guyz this time he has got a talented team. I am pretty much sure that he will be very effective this time and what i am looking towards ASIA Cup, green machine can easily grab the title and this will be the beginning of pakistan team revival to the top teams and this would be come under the coaching of whatmore.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain can't do anything in upcoming cricket in asia cup starting from Mar 11th, and after wards cricket, if Misbah still play a role in ODI & T20 cricket.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    I am one of them who was not in favour of foriegn coach.Reasons are simple.First most of our players do not know english, this will create communication gap.Second due to security situation in Pakistan, Foriegn coach are always thinking of their safety.Third our management has not courage to chellenge wrong decesion of coach. But since PCB has decided we should give him all help to achieve the goal i.e consistenancy in team performance.

    I am happy to read like most of us our coach has vision to form three sides for three different format. Reason is to give players rest and different technique is require for different format of game.Pakistan has plenty of talents for all these formats.Most important thing is to keep the combination of experience, youth and upcoming talents.

    Fielding and technique should be carteria for selection.There should be no room for favouritisim, nepotisim and political interference in selection. Media should also avoid unwanted creticism.

  • doncl on March 5, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    I think Mohsin Khan did a great job. You cannot blame him entirely for the one day and T20 loses and these things happen to the best of the best. Since he is avilable, I think Sri Lanka should fire Ford and hire Mohsin Khan.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    All the best & looking forward to all talented Dav & Jullien.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    may be he is desperate to coach a intl team ,so he is risking his life.hope his life will not be end like bob woolmer.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    welcome to the toughest job on the planet! i agree with the decision to change the coach..Mohsin brought us a great moment of history after the test white wash...but we need the elite coaches esp for the fielding.....should be good to see the development for the next 12 months! Good Luck Dave....

  • hani2 on March 5, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    real work of coaching staffs and managements is to prepare strategies and remove some technical fault in player .in pakistan cricket there is no strategies at all and some bad technique.so, whatmore might be helpful. hope for best

  • on March 5, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Wasim Akram for bowling coach! PCB wake up!

  • keptalittlelow on March 5, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    It will be a miracle if Mr. Whatmore could improve Pakistan ranking to anywhere near the top in two years. Pakistan needs to find fresh batting talent from somewhere, else I cant see them winning consistently.

  • Asif_Iqbal on March 5, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Excellent descission - good luck PAKISTAN

  • on March 5, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    good decision by pcb... best of luck dev whatmore and pakistan...

  • Pakmann on March 5, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I wish they had appointed Dean Jones. He is better than Whatmore any day.

  • on March 5, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    now whatmore has got the best team while in his coaching carrer lets see what he can produce to pakistan cricket team....i wish him good luck...

  • H-Shakil on March 5, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Worl T20 is round the corner, and till Mr Tuk Tuk is incharge of the T20 outfit no coach in the world can do any good for Pakistan!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 5, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    They showed some promise in their last series, so can Pakistan turn their reputation as one of the most hapless teams in the field around? They have a long way to go, but Mr Fountain could certainly help them on their way.

  • on March 5, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I think PCB has taken a good decission after Zaka Ashraf became CEO PCB.Dav as batting and Julien as a fielding Coach ofcourse is a good choice,because both sides of our team are getting worse,the reason is that no batting and fielding coach.So best of Luck to Pakistan team for Asia Cup.

  • satish619chandar on March 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Moshin did a good job and i thought there would be a strong urge to continue with him.. The real failure for Pakistan had been the batting coach.. They should have first replaced the batting coach and then the main coach.. Whatmore has it in him to take a good team perform its best.. Usually subcontinent teams are a bit tough for foreign coaches and the successful ones have been the guys who work background.. Hope both coach and team go hand in hand..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 5, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    OMG! He is playing with his life!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Finally a Professional is Hired, Mohsin was good but as he said himself he made them mentally strong , and out batsmen have so many technical flaws which can only be removed by a man who knows the techniques ...

  • smartguy786 on March 5, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    All the best to what MORE can u coach pakistani players and bring fountain of blessings to them

  • haysam on March 5, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    I believe at this level coaches cant transform players technically. It seems we are going to ignore our bowling dept as our main focus is on batting only. For a Pakistan team we actually need a motivator and Mohsin was doing this job quite honestly and successfully. There must have been a politics played after the complete whitewash in test series in order to make a way for Whatmore to be the coach. We need coaches to improve technique at the academy level. There only foreign or professional technical coaches are required.

  • on March 5, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Mohsin khan was a motivator and you can't win against top sides because of motivation only.You also need improvement in your skills and Mohsin contributed noting in terms of improving the batting skills of our fragile batting line-up.Pakistan whitewashed England in test matches mainly because of their exceptional bowling.But the batting was failure in 5 out of 6 innings.Had England batting scored only 200 runs on all those occassions, the results would have been compeletely different.

  • on March 5, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    why we go after someone from outside?

  • dilr on March 5, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    One Of Best Coaches In World...do better with him..all the best PK..SL Fan

  • Faarhan on March 5, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Well i see comments about Mohsin Khan's coaching, he was great , he was briliant but the fact is He had not done anything positive in pakistan cricket. Batsmen were getting out by poor shots, fielding was average, Fast bowling was out of color,spinners were execellent only in Test series which is i am sure not with the help of Mohsin khan. Pakistan lost matches from the positions where they shoud have won. So what the use of Mohsin Khan

    No i am sure this will not be posted...

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    How about Wasim for a Bowling Coach >>> Dav Whatmore is never a failure. But, Pakistan should have thought more seriously before dismissing Moshin as the 1st option. He would have had a better chance of bonding with the local cricketers, who over the generations have proven to display more attitude than most of the other front-running cricketing nations.

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    i wish all my best to Wahtmore & Pakistan Team,,,!!!! but most important is how PCB & People in Pakistan deals with Whatmore company...!!!! As a pakistani we need to be patient and support them!!!!!!! INSHA ALLAH Pakistan Cricket will be at top!!!

  • Mehboob_hoo on March 5, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I think nothing wrong with Mohsin Khan.Well now we see how Whatmore goes.Basically i like his first statement, that separte teams should be made for each formats,that's what Pakistan lacking.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 5, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    May god bless and save Whatmore from volatile environment in pakistan and cricket in general there...

  • CRICALLi on March 5, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Do you think at any time in the near future the decision makers will come to the realisation that Cricket has the biggest potential to normalise & promote Pakistan as an independent forward thinking & futuristic Nation..Internationally? If Yes, then give it the resources it needs to do so; both financial & Human. As u have taken the decision to hire a foreign Coach; in planning this must be short term- a local coach must be hired as assistant who can understudy Whatmore. Whether its Mohsin, Akram, Waqar etc, this must simultaneously happen with an intensive Leadership/Technical Training program for all Coaches/Administrators. Perhaps a comprehensive program can be developed using international & local personel. If you get your physical Education program at the school level right; you would permanently resolve your fielding problems at Int'l level. Ask your Asian friend China how to?-Yes this is also legal to import not only Goods & Services.

  • on March 5, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    DAVE WHATMORE is the man behind 1996 Sri Lankan World Cup Victory. Congrats Pakistan brothers!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Consistency? Good Bye Afridi, Umar....

  • CRICALLi on March 5, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    I believe that a definition for '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.

  • fimk on March 5, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Whatemore has done nothing except winning WC for SL. Under him BD progress was nothing to mention. Pak could hardly benifitterd from this man. Also coach is not solely responsible for success, but a good selection is also an important factor. Look what Misbah at 37 will contribute in ODI.Players like Imran Nazir & Shoiab Malik are more fitted than this tall man. However good luck to both new coach & new selection committee whose head is a proven failure in the past.

  • babaatta on March 5, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    PCB, the fans and media must show patience as Whatmore takes over and will start to implement his tactics and strategies to get this thing rolling . It is critical that he is given a reasonable amount of time to prove himself. He without a doubt did a fine job with BD and it would be nice to see if he can propel Pakistan to achieve some respectable results.

  • on March 5, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    best of luck to the new coach and hope he will be able to bring consistency and dicipline in team performance and especially the batting.importantly there is a need to find out real batting talent as well, as a good coach can hone and polish the raw skills of talented bunch only and cant instill the potential itself.

  • IAS2009 on March 5, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Whatmore is good choice, Pakistan need foreign coaches for few years to establish good habits of team discipline, they will need great players to win though. Good Luck Pakistan. I think Pakistan batting is still fragile at top order both in tests and ODI, they will be exposed very badly in England SA or Australia. Pitches in UAE were not that scary, England Played poorly Pakistan was not far behing but their bowling save them, that will not be the case in away series, home teams knows their condition very well.

  • on March 4, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Very plain and very simple.

    There was nothing wrong with Mohsin Khan, he should have been signed on as full time head coach. He wanted the job, he proved himself, what more could you ask?

    Whatmore will not work, he has tried and failed on other occasions.

  • on March 4, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Pakistan are moving forward. Good plans for the future, Whatmore is a world cup winning coach. Whatmore could you want? A world cup and and the no.1 test ranking.

  • da_man_ on March 4, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    It's been proven time and again; great players do not make great coaches. Duncan Fletcher, Geoff Lawson and Bob Woolmer are all case in point.

  • on March 4, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Pak had there best and most consistent run when led by a foreign coach by the name of Bob Woolmer, before his untimely death; he had Pak cricket on its way up and was utilizing each players's talent to the max; if Whatmore can do half of what Woolmer did then Pak should be Top-3 in all formats of the game..

  • Malti65 on March 4, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Great job. But I do not understand why Pakistan had to delay this so much. This issue has been dragged on for months. If this decision was taken a couple of months earlier, it would have helped in the England series. Atleast fielding was most urgent.

  • da_man_ on March 4, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    To all the Mohsin supporters: The guy is a good motivator, and is able to keep the peace in the dressing room, but that's it. How often did you see him analysing the players? When did you see him taking notes or looking at replays of batsmen's dismissals? How many technical and temperamental flaws were ironed out in his short career? During a match the guy would be sat there drinking a cup of tea!!! We need a professional coach who can motivate, but also improve our batsmen's technical and temperamental ability. THAT is where Dav comes into the equation.

  • Sports4Youth on March 4, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Firstly I am most happy that Pakistan have appointed a professional fielding coach. I think fielding is the most worrying part in Pak cricket. I hope Julian Fountain is able to improve the utterly bad fielding of the Pak team. Further i am also happy that after a long time they have appointed a professional batting coach. The young Pakistani batsmen were not getting any good quality help from selectors. Hope that will also change for the good. As far as bowling is concerned Pak have a lot of talent in bowling. So that part can be delayed a little. But most importantly Pakistan has to select the right team and especially fast bolwers.

  • cricketistheway on March 4, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Whatmore for batting coach? What a joke. I was there when he made debut for the second string Australian side because of Kerry Packer defection. And he could not keep his place even in the second string. He has less than 300 international runs. averaged under 25. These are the qualifications of a batting coach? Might as well let Sarfaraz be the batting coach as well.

  • on March 4, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    All the best Whatmore, hope you find faster bowlers better than Asif and Amir in Pakistan during your term, and better allrounders.

  • cric_freak88 on March 4, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    i think whatmore is the right choice , mohsin did a great job , for me mohsin was more of a coach who could motivate them but could not enhance technical aspects of a player (especially batting)

  • on March 4, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Pakistan has made a mistake. Foreign coaches will always find it difficult in Pakistan. Culture, Language are the big barriers. Pakistan Cricket declined under a multitude of foreign coaches. Pakistan players need to first connect with the coach and then they respond. Pakistan performed better under domestic coaches. Woolmer, Phybus, Lawson were all good cricketers and good coaches, however, they could not excel in Pakistan circumstance and with Pakistan Players. What did Whatmore achieve with Bangladesh. PCB has made a grave mistake. Whatmore is neither smarter, or more technical or more communicative or more Analytical than Woolmer and I predict that he would just be more ineffective.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on March 4, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    WHATMORE ji best of luck for urs first assignment as PAK head coach,u face many difficulties in ASIA cup coz u dont have a perfect team & captain too specially for ODIs,PAK need to persist with this guy for at least 18 months whatever the results r but this guy definitely improve the shot selection & game of talented UMAR AKMAL,SHAFIQ,AZHAR,SHEHZAD,JAMSHED etc...m happy that u also want separate team for different format...MISBAH should lead test team for at least 2 years & persist with experienced players such as YOUNUS,GUL,REHMAN etc & AFRIDI should be appointed as ODI & t20 captain & give proper chance to young & specialized ODI player such as SHEHZAD,RAMEEZ,JAMSHED,KAMRAN,SAMI,HAMMAD,SHAFIQ,AZHAR,SADAF,NAZIR etc...

  • on March 4, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Whatmore is right choice for Pakistan cricket..Now we will see mini all-rounder in Pakistan cricket.Hope he'll return abdur razzak in Pakistan team.Razzak is a great finisher.Pakistan need him.In Asia cup,we'll see what whatmore can....best of luck

  • Herath-UK on March 4, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Congrats to both Whatmore and Pakistan;he did very well during both stints with Sri Lanka and with Lancashire.With his Lankan origin he has the knowhow of asian conditions. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Kavum on March 4, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Believe Mohsin Khan should have been given a run. He appears to be best qualified and has proved his worth. That being said, Dav is a fair coach and a motivator of men. Hope things go well as I support team Pakistan after my own SL Lions. Good luck.

  • on March 4, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    Yes, what more could you wish for?

  • drnaveed on March 4, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    best of luck to dev whatmore.better to select three different teams for all the three different formats, so that we have 35 to 40 players ready to take up the challenge on international cricket level.

  • CRICALLi on March 4, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Before he was appointed, 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…And after the series he said the performances had been disappointing. The way I saw it Mr Ashraf is Pakistan's Team has improved continually almost attaining the level of the # 1 Team in the World in less than 2 years under the Leadership of Misbah/Mohsin. They won the tests, lost the ODI's & almost won the T-20's despite the underperformance of their two best ODI Players (Afridi & Hafeez) & if they were given a Good Keeper/ batsman they certainly would have won ALL Matches even with the underperformance. Mr Whatmore said 'We don't want peaks and troughs,"….sorry to disappoint you but every Team in the World has Peaks & Troughs-ask # 1 Team-England? he said it would take time for PAK. to be # 1. Is it OK for Mr Whatmore to take time but not Mohsin?- many believe his Team is currently amongst the best 4 Teams in World.

  • on March 4, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    2nd best thing happened after Woolmer, Whatmore is the right guy for this job and Pakistan not the new khan coach we had who was not even worth to be a ball boy of Pakistan team. I hope young players like Umar, Asad and Azhar learn something from him..

  • on March 4, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Dave whatmore and Bob Woolmer............soon to be friends

  • VEXXZ on March 4, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Pakistan just like the West Indies , SEARCHING for SOMEONE to do MIRACLES. Hopefully , some day we will get it right . GOOD-LUCK.

  • Rahulbose on March 4, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    PCB should have stuck with Mohsin. Its hard to see what more can Dav do? Pakistan just white washed the top ranked team in tests.

  • Jalal.uddin on March 4, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    I think he is best choice for Pakistan under the circumstances. if we looked at defeats of Pakistan team in ODI and T20 , one thing was for sure about lack of technical coaching.ODI & T20 is rather technical and planning format as compare to test.Where Pakistan could not compete with England and they deserved better.Also, there is a lack of discipline in Pakistani team I hope Whatmor have plenty to do in this area. Fountain got real time to show his guts. We really want what he has got.I believe that Mohsin khan could be a great Manager. I saw his attitude and behavior with team players like very respectful so I think he is very demanding for manager post.

  • on March 4, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    My only conern is SARFRAZ NAWAZ as a bowling coach . The rest is all good for Pakistan .

  • on March 4, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    very good decision by PCB signing this qualified coach. He make the srilankan team a surprise for the whole cricket world. PCB also have to involve him in team selection for every tour not only depend on our blind national selectors. he is a good disciplined coach. team have to follow his instructions & give him respect as well. Good Luck Mr Whatmore, the cricket lover are waiting for another surprise. All the very best.

  • adnan_rifat84 on March 4, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    In coaches I always see South African coaches are always best for Pakistan like Richard Pie Bas & Bob Woolmer. Srilankan batting and bowling line up is also best because of South African Coach, India won world cup under Gerry Christian coaching and now a days South Africa is doing there best under his coaching. So PCB should seek for some South African coach.

  • cric.jiyala on March 4, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Best of luck to the new guys and welcome to the green team.

  • Arsalan-Alam on March 4, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Welcome to Pakistan, Dav & Julien. What you will find here without much problem, is the depth of talent this country has in cricket. What we as Pakistanis expect/want from you is to channelize it in a way where team Pakistan becomes a fighting unit on a consistent level. Of course winning or losing is part of the game and we understand it fully, it is the sudden seizure from which our team suffers from time to time (like winning test series 3-0 & then losing ODI 4-0) which hurts us as it's fanatic followers. Rest assured Dav if you can help us shed this "the most unpredictable side" tag from our cricket culture and make us consistent fighters, you will be remembered as legend.

  • on March 4, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Thankx Mr. Whatmore for this , i think ur first assignment is to convince PCB for the new captain otherwise ur job is going to be very hard , misbah will always look for 250 as a winning score in ODI's and 130+ in T20 , plzzz inject commence sense in selectors first , if u succeed in that , half of ur job is done there , talent has always been there in pakistan , its just that it always remains hidden just like thye brains of our selectors and Management, In my opinion Afridi Or Hafeez with ur coaching abilities will do wonders for Pakistan , Misbah is only suitable for tests , and all those who support Mohsin Khan , i just would like to tell them that coaching is not done by giving comments in media or sitting on chair watching and praying , its done by tuning the mistakes of players just like wat Bob did , he made Younis Khan what he's today, Our players just need what they have got now , Nomore need wen whatmore is there now :) peace !

  • Aju.Nair on March 4, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    All the best to Whatmore...he is a thinking coach with advanced coaching capabilities....But to be frank i personally think he will not complete his 2 year contract, before that PAK board will lay him off......but if he can complete the contract then that would be surely good for Pakistan cricket....It would be great if Wasim Akram could join the team as a bowling coach.....

  • Viva_Afridi10 on March 4, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Good luck to him, but I really wanted Mohsin to stay on. Him and Misbah seemed to be a perfect combo, and to change it when it was working well was wrong in my opinion. However, Dav Whatmore looks like a good replacement and hopefully can improve our consistency across all 3 formats

  • cricket.lover.at.his.best on March 4, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Best of luck to Mr. Whatmore. Lets hope against hope that Pakistani players cooperate with him and he can handle them too.

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    LETS HOPE FOR THE BEST, WHATMORE HAS ABILITY TO THE BEST FOR PAKISTAN. SPECIALLY CONTROL UMAR AKMAL, WE HAVE AFRIDI IN THE TEAM, DONT WANT ANOTHER AFRIDI.

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Best of luck to watmore and julian

  • Irfan_chn on March 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Dave is a very good coach, Pak players need to step up & perform. Dave cannot do wonders if he doesnt get good support from Pak players. I am very happy with the fact that PCB Chairman is very concerned to provide the best coach available to the team. And the suggestion to have separate teams for 3 formats looks good as well, it will give Pak a pool of 35-40 players who can perform well. The onus will be on that pool of players to perform & make themselves avaialble for other formats as well. This will help in increasing competitive spirit & also provide opportunities for players to play internationally & show their stats at Intl level instead of stats at Domestic level. As we have seen it already, players exccelling in Pak domestic recently are rarely exceptional in Intl level. Azhar is a good find, others yet to reach that level. Avid fan of Pak from India :)

  • cric.jiyala on March 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Best of luck to both new guys. First job is to get aggressiveness instilled into pakistan captain for shorter form of games ( or even better get an aggressive captain ). How you do it ? ....well thats what you are being hired for!

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Good luck Whatmore, hope you can deal with player power otherwise its going to be be tough for you.

  • KarachiKid on March 4, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    They should make Mohsin manager of the team. Whatmore should give some stick to our poor batsmen.

  • fata7280 on March 4, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    What a contrast combination of coach and captain. While Whatmore believes in aggression, quite oppositely Misbah believes Defense is the best strategy. I am wondering how this combination with 2 completely different mind frame people will get along? Whatmore policy === Hit Hit, Misbah policy== Tuk Tuk

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Best of luck dav please make our team putting fights in Every game.

  • kazizain on March 4, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    i hope he will teach how to bat in diffrent situation & give chance to good younger player,specially in t20,HE IMPROVE to play aggresive cricket instead of deffencive cricket,fielding will improve,really need good work for batting & fielding if aqib javed replaced need wasim or sarfaraz permanent for bowling coach

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Well that was expected.. interesting to see him as time pass on and how pak team team respond.. One thing is for sure he is more tactical than anyother coach in pak.. thats what pak need strategy/tactics...GL dav !!

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Great Move by PCB. !!! Hopefully, these qualified coaches will bring back the agressiveness in the Pak Team !!

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    bad choice .....i think a pakistani coach is better choice ...

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    This is the exclusive & decent opportunity for current Pakistan squad. If all the seniors & juniors of Pakistan players can't take proper sense of cricket knowledge from this well-judged experienced coach "Dave Whatmore", than Pakistan cricket would never have become matured to be developed professionally. All the players must have to respect Dave Whatmore sincerely & honestly.

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    good decision PCB,Mohsin khan is not professtional coach he did his job in time of crisis..but i still favoring waqar younus he is best suited for pakistan cricket..but because of afridi he quit job.....

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Good positive move by pak !!i also like to conclude that the coach and captain should have role in selecting the team ..other wise its like"ur tying the hands & legs of a men and asking him to swim " also looking back to see kamran akmal in team ......plz plz dont rely only on spin ...should have a good combination of spin phase and allround criket

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    R.I.P Whatmore! u just signed your suicide letter

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    this is best coach .may be pakistan win asia cup .if misba play positive .i again say give chance new talent

  • cricpassions on March 4, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Its a good move by PCB but there must be some honest people in selection, I think we need Razzaq in Asia cup.

  • on March 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Best of luck, we know he is well experience man and very well know the nature and behavior of players of this area hope the management the players will cooperate with him in order to let him do his job. and try to put the team on top. The main concern for Pakistani team is batting and fielding, I hope the fielding coach will use all his skill and modern technique to improve the fielding. GOOD LUCK MR WITMORE

  • Lion_96 on March 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    interesting selection. but i would have stuck with moshin khan. he has done a tremendous job with misbah. if there was a foreign coach who would be up for the coaching job in Pakistan, it would be Whatmore. after all he coached Sri Lanka to tht famous 1996 world title and did reasonably well with Bangladesh. but i guess he might be able to understand Asian culture better than most, considering he is Sri Lankan Burgher, just tht he migrated to Australia (as most of us tend to do haha)

  • r1m2 on March 4, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    I think Mohsin Khan should've been the batting coach. He knew a thing or two about batting, especially on seaming and bouncy pitches.

  • on March 4, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Test for Pakistani team to go along with him,its looks difficult but let's hope for the best.GOOD LUCK DAVE.

  • on March 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Two good news for Pakistan cricket appointment of Dav and BCB's concern with the security situation of Pakistan.

  • GreenGoat on March 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    as a SLan, and knowing what Dav can do, and the depth of talent in Pak - its gonna be bad times ahead for other teams... good luck guys...

  • Nadeemgami on March 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Best of luck Whatmore,I hope pakistan cricket will be on top with you.Pakistan Zindabad.....

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  • Nadeemgami on March 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Best of luck Whatmore,I hope pakistan cricket will be on top with you.Pakistan Zindabad.....

  • GreenGoat on March 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    as a SLan, and knowing what Dav can do, and the depth of talent in Pak - its gonna be bad times ahead for other teams... good luck guys...

  • on March 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Two good news for Pakistan cricket appointment of Dav and BCB's concern with the security situation of Pakistan.

  • on March 4, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Test for Pakistani team to go along with him,its looks difficult but let's hope for the best.GOOD LUCK DAVE.

  • r1m2 on March 4, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    I think Mohsin Khan should've been the batting coach. He knew a thing or two about batting, especially on seaming and bouncy pitches.

  • Lion_96 on March 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    interesting selection. but i would have stuck with moshin khan. he has done a tremendous job with misbah. if there was a foreign coach who would be up for the coaching job in Pakistan, it would be Whatmore. after all he coached Sri Lanka to tht famous 1996 world title and did reasonably well with Bangladesh. but i guess he might be able to understand Asian culture better than most, considering he is Sri Lankan Burgher, just tht he migrated to Australia (as most of us tend to do haha)

  • on March 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Best of luck, we know he is well experience man and very well know the nature and behavior of players of this area hope the management the players will cooperate with him in order to let him do his job. and try to put the team on top. The main concern for Pakistani team is batting and fielding, I hope the fielding coach will use all his skill and modern technique to improve the fielding. GOOD LUCK MR WITMORE

  • cricpassions on March 4, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Its a good move by PCB but there must be some honest people in selection, I think we need Razzaq in Asia cup.

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    this is best coach .may be pakistan win asia cup .if misba play positive .i again say give chance new talent

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    R.I.P Whatmore! u just signed your suicide letter