Pakistan news April 28, 2012

No conflict between Whatmore and selectors - Qasim

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Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, has said that there are no points of conflict between the national selection committee and coach Dav Whatmore. Qasim was referring to media speculation about a possible disagreement prompted by Whatmore working with discarded Test players at the National Cricket Academy earlier this week. He said that communication between the selectors and the coach is important, though, and will help both parties avoid a clash in strategy.

Pakistan's cricketers have not had any assignments since March's successful Asia Cup campaign, and will next be in action again only a month from now in Sri Lanka. Whatmore, who had taken over coaching the team only before the Asia Cup, has used the break to collect data on players around the country. He had worked with players like Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal at the NCA, prompting talk of potential comebacks.

The selectors, meanwhile, have named 12 fast bowlers to be supervised by Whatmore at the NCA. The list includes promising youngsters, as well as players like Mohammad Sami and Iftikhar Anjum who have been out of the national set-up for a couple of years.

"I am in contact with Whatmore on a constant basis and I don't think we are facing any points of conflict at the moment," Qasim said. "He [Whatmore] is new in Pakistan and wants to understand the system and wants to see what [players] we have. There is no harm in this, [in fact] we are helping him in this regard by giving him players [the 12 fast bowlers] to assess. This is the part of his strategy."

"I know players who are out of contention are there, practising with him. There is no harm in this, but we should ensure no communication gap crops us, sparking a clash with our [the selection committee's] strategy."

Pakistan have been in fine from over the past 18 months, losing only the ODI series to England in the UAE during this period. It was important to keep moving ahead, Qasim said. "Our vision is quite clear, we have to look forward.

"But our doors aren't shut on players who are on the fringes. There is always a criterion for every player [to make their way back into the team]. If they have fallen out of contention but are the part of coach's strategy, then we will definitely will consider them with an open mind. We cannot decide that XYZ player is finished and won't return."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I don't feel the requirement of Usuf!!! Please see the best 11 side of all format...

    Test Hafiz, Taufiq, Azher, Unis, Misbah, Asad, Adnan, Gul, Junaed, Ajmal, Abdur Rehman

    ODI Hafiz, Ahmed Shejad, Unis, Umar Akmal, Misbah, Kamran Akmal, Hammad azam, Shahid Afridi, Gul, ajmal, junaed

    T20 Hafiz, Ahmed Shejad, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Misbaul Haq, Shahid afridi, Shoeb Malik, Hammad Azam, Gul, Wahab Riaz, Ajmal

  • POSTED BY PakistanZindabaadAlways on | May 1, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Kamran Akmal should be brought back in the team but ONLY as a Batsman NOT a wicketkeeper. Even thought I admire and respect Mohammad Yousuf but I think he should think about being a coach now, but again it's cricket, if old players can play on T20 IPL and are performing good then why not MY?

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    I totally agree with Rehan Khan. Old is gold

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    PLZZZZZZ Don't bring Mohd. Yousuf back into the side. Thats the problem with our selection. They want to bring back those players who were at their best in the past. Let him be. We have enough talent to counter the best sides in the world. Just a defeat in the UAE should not really change our view about this brilliant side.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    kamran Akmal should be back in the team Bcoz he is the good hitter of the ball

  • POSTED BY Makkered on | April 30, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Iqbal Qasim, seems to be the man pak long wanted. Whatever the under arm politics, the way he is defending his coaches and former players, and second string players seems atlast pakistan is looking for a revelation. Good very good.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    kamran akmal has never improved in last 10 years with gloves so he must be left out instead a young energetic wicket keeper batsman will be more benefical for Pakistan like Shakeel Ansar of Sialkot stallions he seems to be highly talented

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | April 30, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is a good hitter, bring him back for ODI & T-20 but dont make him a Keeper.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | April 29, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Keep this man, Dav Whatmore. He is a brilliant coach and knows the Sri Lankans inside out. He will be key in the upcoming Pak-Lanka series. Also, remember, this is the guy who masterminded the biggest heist of all time: Sri Lanka winning the '96 WC. Let him make decisions. Obviously Mohammad Yousuf will be a HUGE asset to the Pakistani team since their batting is weak right now. Not sure about Akmal though, he needs to sort his keeping or come in as a specialist batsman

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Yousuf should be back. But for Gods sake, leave K Akmal away from the national colours !!!"@Faizzy Shaikh: lets consider what he has cost us uptil now, England series, Australian series, NewZealand, India, Ross taylor, Hussey, Shoaib Akhtar's career.....and the list goes on....... A humble request to the selectors, please dont even think about it....!!! "

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I don't feel the requirement of Usuf!!! Please see the best 11 side of all format...

    Test Hafiz, Taufiq, Azher, Unis, Misbah, Asad, Adnan, Gul, Junaed, Ajmal, Abdur Rehman

    ODI Hafiz, Ahmed Shejad, Unis, Umar Akmal, Misbah, Kamran Akmal, Hammad azam, Shahid Afridi, Gul, ajmal, junaed

    T20 Hafiz, Ahmed Shejad, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Misbaul Haq, Shahid afridi, Shoeb Malik, Hammad Azam, Gul, Wahab Riaz, Ajmal

  • POSTED BY PakistanZindabaadAlways on | May 1, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Kamran Akmal should be brought back in the team but ONLY as a Batsman NOT a wicketkeeper. Even thought I admire and respect Mohammad Yousuf but I think he should think about being a coach now, but again it's cricket, if old players can play on T20 IPL and are performing good then why not MY?

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    I totally agree with Rehan Khan. Old is gold

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    PLZZZZZZ Don't bring Mohd. Yousuf back into the side. Thats the problem with our selection. They want to bring back those players who were at their best in the past. Let him be. We have enough talent to counter the best sides in the world. Just a defeat in the UAE should not really change our view about this brilliant side.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    kamran Akmal should be back in the team Bcoz he is the good hitter of the ball

  • POSTED BY Makkered on | April 30, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Iqbal Qasim, seems to be the man pak long wanted. Whatever the under arm politics, the way he is defending his coaches and former players, and second string players seems atlast pakistan is looking for a revelation. Good very good.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    kamran akmal has never improved in last 10 years with gloves so he must be left out instead a young energetic wicket keeper batsman will be more benefical for Pakistan like Shakeel Ansar of Sialkot stallions he seems to be highly talented

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | April 30, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is a good hitter, bring him back for ODI & T-20 but dont make him a Keeper.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | April 29, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Keep this man, Dav Whatmore. He is a brilliant coach and knows the Sri Lankans inside out. He will be key in the upcoming Pak-Lanka series. Also, remember, this is the guy who masterminded the biggest heist of all time: Sri Lanka winning the '96 WC. Let him make decisions. Obviously Mohammad Yousuf will be a HUGE asset to the Pakistani team since their batting is weak right now. Not sure about Akmal though, he needs to sort his keeping or come in as a specialist batsman

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Yousuf should be back. But for Gods sake, leave K Akmal away from the national colours !!!"@Faizzy Shaikh: lets consider what he has cost us uptil now, England series, Australian series, NewZealand, India, Ross taylor, Hussey, Shoaib Akhtar's career.....and the list goes on....... A humble request to the selectors, please dont even think about it....!!! "

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    whatmore seems to be nice and have mind also PCB management must met him work yousuf hmm can be fit in test team Pak should win 20/20 worldcup to bring some joy

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | April 29, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Just another day in the chaotic life of Pakistani cricket. Everybody has an opinion but nobody has any answers...

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    I will love to see Yusuf back in squad. His record is enough evidence is he is as great as Lara, Ricky, and Tendunlkar. Its the PCB admin who always treated him unfairly and he ended up in current situaion. Please bring him back for the sake of Pakistan Cricket. Also for GOD sake get rid of Misbah in T20s and ODIs. We need new captian who will be able to play in WC 2015; Misbah for sure CAN NOT play WC2015--he will be over 40 yrs old.

  • POSTED BY Umair_umair on | April 29, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Guys, Yousaf went to practice, and whatmore gave him tips. Whats wrong with that? Rest is all the hype from Pakistani media.......... now even Qasim has clarified that.............Rest is all Pakistani Medias self created perceptionsssssssss..............please understand,,,,,,why are we falling in this trap.....?

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | April 29, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Does Whatmore have to slect either of the 12 bowlers only that the selection comittee has offered him. Is he not allowed to explore outside on his own?

  • POSTED BY golgo_85 on | April 29, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I'm going to lose all the respect I have, for Whatmore, if he brings Yousuf back. He, of all people, should know the importance of grooming young players for the future. At the moment, there is absolutely no need to hamper the harmonious middle order of Azhar, U Akmal, Shafiq backed up by Younis and Misbah. I'm not even going to waste my energy on K Akmal. Whatmore's main concern at the moment should be to try and find new bowling prospects till Amir comes back and not in wrong places, trying to bring back second string bowlers like Sami and Anjum. If you ask me, they should've kept Mohsin Khan in. This looks quite messy already.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | April 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    If Whatmore wants to bring back Kamran Akaml, then he is trying to destroy Pak cricket. I hope he will not take the risk of going above the head of the selection committee. Coache's job is not to select players, period.

  • POSTED BY SyedAbidHussain on | April 29, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    @Senthil Kumar: You must be the only guy in the whole world who wants to get rid of Shahid Afridi. Completely non-sensical. There is no all-rounder available in Pakistan who is in competetion to Afridi's place in ODI/ T20 team right now. Misbah is the best captain right now for tests and he should retire only from ODIs and T20s. Hafeez/Younis can be given captaincy in ODIs and in T20s Hafeez should be made captain. And Yousuf is 37 years and not 45 plus to compare him with Anwar/ ramiz / Wasim etc. It was a poor joke !!! If you have followed Pakistan batting in tests over the past couple of years, batting has let them down and it wnt be a bad idea to bring back Yousuf to give some stability to middle order. Asad and Azhar can still play along with him provided Toufeeq Umar is dropped. A good test team is always a combination of youngsters and oldies.

  • POSTED BY GreenGoat on | April 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    looking forward to Pak team arrival in SL for the newly confirmed series against us... would love to see yousef bat - remember back in '06 when he was going crazy with the bat :) then again, he's had his problems and young seems to be the way to go these days...

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    @ Nauman Siddiqui....Even if you said that in jest, i wud still rate ur words as a pretty serious joke.........Kamran Akmal, a match winner??????? hmm let me jog my memory and only 2 occasions come to mind, his test century against india and a late burst in an ODI against Westindies.........Now lets consider what he has cost us uptil now, England series, Australian series, NewZealand, India, Ross taylor, Hussey, Shoaib Akhtar's career.....and the list goes on....... A humble request to the selectors, please dont even think about it....!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Yousuf is one of the most stylish player ever along with Brian Lara.Would Love to see him back

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    If one wants to bring back Yousuf, why not Aamir Shoail or Saeed Anwar ? Well , Rameez Raja also seems good and why not Wasim or even Shoaib Akhtar ? A bad start from Whatmore looking into players like Yousuf and match fixers like Kamran Akmal. At the moment, youngsters like Azhar and Asad are doing good and it would be great to get rid of Misbah , Afridi , Shoaib Mallik etc from this team and make Younis lead the team and blood lot of young players under him. Younis Khan is by and large the best captain available for Pakistan and who can play for another few years. There are plenty of young talent in Pak and no need to put a reverse gear here.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    People talking that if Yousuf comes in the team players like Asad and Azhar will be affected I think you do not know what cricket is they'll learn more and more under the classy player and the man who has scored over 10,000 you cant do this to him every team has old players.Australia,India,South Africa,West Indies,Sril Lanka so why not Pakistan.Taufeeq Umer has not been up to the mark drop him and bring Mohammad Yousaf in. @Zubee Khan I think his name is Zia ul haq he is not been called to the camp

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    My personnel opinion to my beloved Pakistani pls look forward and create a system it can go for ever being a former cricketer i seen so many thing in my cricket career in pakistan.Our domestic cricket is very important to everyone since they become test cricketer they don't give any importants to domestic cricket and they feel they can do whatever they can with there own terms.They become superstar and give no important to domestic cricket.I don't think there is any place for kamran akmal and Mohammad Yousuf in Pakistan team.Misbah-ul-Haq doing a fine job keeping all togather but he make bad mistake by bringing Shoaib Malik in ODI series against England.Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are the future of Pakistan Middle order pls do not disturb them by bringing old guards.My humble request to Pakistan Cricket Board don't bring those cricketers who create rift in the team.Make sure this would not happen again.Let the system work rather then players powers.Let everybody focus on there own job

  • POSTED BY bohurupi on | April 29, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Yousuf is indeed a great batsman when he is in form,but at the same time is a poor runner between the wicket and an awful fielder.

  • POSTED BY SJRN on | April 29, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    For those who think bringing back Yousuf would be an advantage, Please look back at Pakistan's recent test statistics. They beat England by 3-0, Did well against Sri Lanka an West Indies and in all these series, He wasnt't there and when he was there, What happened to us in England and Australia can never be forgotten. At the time when Asad, Azhar and Umar Akmal are prospering, He would be a big negative impact. The decision is yours. Re Kamran, Sydney test in enough to bury him down and if more, three dropped catches of Ross Taylor in one over as a birthday present in the world cup match against New Zealand, Remember?? MATCH WINNER??? When?? 5-6 years ago once or may be twice?? Please

  • POSTED BY avmd on | April 29, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Yousuf's time has come and gone. Test cricket is not a joke, one cannot just walk into test team after being away from first class cricket for so long. Yousuf was not a fit cricketer years ago, he will be a big liability now. Iqbal Qasim is right. Please look to the future and don't look back.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    People who are against Yousef return don't understand cricket period!

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | April 29, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    nowadays, people r playing cricket even at 40. so its fair to give chance to anyone who can make it back

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Thinking of bringing back Kamran Akmal is an excellent idea. He is a match winner and who doesnt make mistakes even if he has he deserves another chance as hes proved he can change the match with his batting. Good luck to Kamran and Whatmore.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf should be given a last chance at this level, but if he puts a rift in the team he should be dropped like Shoaib Malik did it in the England Series. 10,000 or more runs you have to respect such statistics. Pakistan team is set to take over Sri Lanka and Australia very soon. :)

    My congrats to the nation in advance.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Yousuf ?? Yes. At the cost of Asad/Azhar ?? a BIG no!!

  • POSTED BY harrdstone on | April 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    We have had enough of Akmal and Yousuf.Time to move on .Why bring back memories of Sydney test.Azhar and Asad are the future.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | April 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in using old hands in test cricket. Test cricket is not that easy to play and experienced player like Yousaf can play greater role in test cricket.

    bring the great player back in test cricket. We need him. Just see how chanderpal played well again aussies in WI last series. Old is gold in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    hey guyzzz did whatmore calld zia ul rehman in the champ a new young left arm fast bowler for pakistan telll me if he called him to join the champ he is good

  • POSTED BY PakFan1209 on | April 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    I think we can keep Kamran Akmal as a batsman he bats well and for Mohammed Yousuf i think his time is gone though he is a nice batsman but we should let other talent to come in the team

  • POSTED BY Afridipak on | April 28, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Very good we need yousuf in test and Kamran in odi and t20

  • POSTED BY touqeer777 on | April 28, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    I do not understand why Whatmore is calling M Irfan and Iftikhar anjum in the camp even though they r mediocre bowlers and we have far more talented fast bowlers than them.I think M Yousuf period is over and we should groom new talent like umer,asad,haris sohail, Azhar,Usman salahuddin in place of Yousuf.Why Misbah is so stubborn regarding captaincy in T20 and ODI.Misbah should play only test and thats all.we do not need him in T20 and ODI.Make Afridi or Malik captain for ODI and T20.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | April 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Whatever you do just dont bring Kamran Akmal back, he has cost us countless matches and that should be enough for sacking him for a life time as far as yousuf is concerned yes he is a class batsman and one of a kind but bringing him back will hinder the progress of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, we need to look forward to the future not live in the awe of the past.

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  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | April 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Whatever you do just dont bring Kamran Akmal back, he has cost us countless matches and that should be enough for sacking him for a life time as far as yousuf is concerned yes he is a class batsman and one of a kind but bringing him back will hinder the progress of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, we need to look forward to the future not live in the awe of the past.

  • POSTED BY touqeer777 on | April 28, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    I do not understand why Whatmore is calling M Irfan and Iftikhar anjum in the camp even though they r mediocre bowlers and we have far more talented fast bowlers than them.I think M Yousuf period is over and we should groom new talent like umer,asad,haris sohail, Azhar,Usman salahuddin in place of Yousuf.Why Misbah is so stubborn regarding captaincy in T20 and ODI.Misbah should play only test and thats all.we do not need him in T20 and ODI.Make Afridi or Malik captain for ODI and T20.

  • POSTED BY Afridipak on | April 28, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Very good we need yousuf in test and Kamran in odi and t20

  • POSTED BY PakFan1209 on | April 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    I think we can keep Kamran Akmal as a batsman he bats well and for Mohammed Yousuf i think his time is gone though he is a nice batsman but we should let other talent to come in the team

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    hey guyzzz did whatmore calld zia ul rehman in the champ a new young left arm fast bowler for pakistan telll me if he called him to join the champ he is good

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | April 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in using old hands in test cricket. Test cricket is not that easy to play and experienced player like Yousaf can play greater role in test cricket.

    bring the great player back in test cricket. We need him. Just see how chanderpal played well again aussies in WI last series. Old is gold in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY harrdstone on | April 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    We have had enough of Akmal and Yousuf.Time to move on .Why bring back memories of Sydney test.Azhar and Asad are the future.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Yousuf ?? Yes. At the cost of Asad/Azhar ?? a BIG no!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf should be given a last chance at this level, but if he puts a rift in the team he should be dropped like Shoaib Malik did it in the England Series. 10,000 or more runs you have to respect such statistics. Pakistan team is set to take over Sri Lanka and Australia very soon. :)

    My congrats to the nation in advance.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Thinking of bringing back Kamran Akmal is an excellent idea. He is a match winner and who doesnt make mistakes even if he has he deserves another chance as hes proved he can change the match with his batting. Good luck to Kamran and Whatmore.