Pakistan news April 28, 2012

No conflict between Whatmore and selectors - Qasim


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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Zulfiqar 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?

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    I totally agree with Rehan Khan. Old is gold

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 14:29 GMT

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

  • Selvam 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Amjad 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.

  • Johnathon 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

  • Dummy4 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....!!! "

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