Pakistan news October 17, 2012

PCB to appoint batting coach

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The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to appoint a full-time batting coach and has advertised for the post on its website. The role of batting coach is currently being handled by the head coach, Dav Whatmore, with the coaching staff also including Julien Fountain (fielding) and Mohammad Akram (bowling).

The advertisement calls for candidates with at least Level III coaching accreditation, and at least five years' experience working with top cricketers. The deadline for applying is November 4.

Pakistan cricket teams have generally had plenty of quality bowling options to depend on, and the batting has been seen as the weaker department. The idea of having a batting coach has been circulating for last three years, but it didn't get the PCB's approval till now. This is the first time the PCB is looking to appoint a full-time batting coach. Previously, Geoff Boycott, Javed Miandad and Basit Ali had short stints as consultants during cricket camps.

After the exit of Ijaz Butt as PCB chairman last year, his successor, Zaka Ashraf, planned to recruit a specialist coaching panel covering batting, bowling and fielding but ended up appointing Whatmore with the additional responsibilities of batting coach. The decision to hire a separate batting coach has been taken this week after a detailed review of Pakistan's performance at the World Twenty20, where the team reached the semi-final only to lose to Sri Lanka by 16 runs while chasing a target of 140.

Pakistan's next assignment is the tour of India, to plasy a series of three ODI and two Twenty20s, followed by the South Africa tour that begins next February.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 20, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Pakistan need a good fast bowling coach not a batting coach. what is Dave watmore for? Pakistan is having fast bowling issues since amir has gone. waqar was doing good job especially for bowlers.

  • beaman on October 20, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Michael Bevan only. If someone still have a working mind in PCB than Bevan will be appointed.

  • on October 20, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Pakistan DO not need many coaches, they need educated players and a psychologist who can convince them playing just for country to the best of their ability. One more important thing is that there is huge talent in Pakistani streets and if PCB honestly chose, groom and apply the merit based selection Pakistan can rule the cricket world for decades...

  • BustIPL on October 20, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Pakistan need Chappel as he can discipline these players like he did in India and India beat Aussies at home with ease.

  • OT12 on October 19, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Get Bevan, Steve Waugh, Rahul Dravid, any of the three will be just perfect for Pakistan, I know Dravid will never come to Pakistan but still even Jayasuriya will be a good option if he is willing for the job, Pakistan team needs a batting coach who has an amazing record couz thats how Pakistan media and people mentality is and they will never question the coach work, and by the way I think Dav is a perfect head coach for Pakistan. and please do not get any local coach otherwise he will do Politics against Dav to become a head coach. just let this team work for few years and you will see the difference.

  • beaman on October 19, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    This post will only be filled properly by Micheal Bevan. he's calm and sober, and Pak needs his services badly for youngster like umar akmal,asad shafiq. he's fit with Misbah ul haq because both are calm and have a best cricketing mind.

  • on October 18, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Pcb should stick with whatmore, players like haffez will necer learn how to play t 20, blame hafeez and pcb for the technical flaws that he has. All pakistani bstsmen need is to learn how to play under pressure and take time on the crease they should be good.

  • Crick_Expert on October 18, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Dav Watmore is great coach for Pakistan Team, so no need for batting coach. It bad luck when players like kaka Hafeez not listen to coach. PCB should open eyes and stop playing around & do following action. Selections team should be changed now. Majid Khan should be chairperson of selection team. PCB should kickoff trash players forever etc. Shoail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, M. Sami. Bring back Junaid Khan, Wahab Raiz, and RAZZAK as CAPT.

  • dontlikecricket on October 18, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Pak definitely needs a "Qualified" batting coach. Just because some one was a good cricketer does not mean he will be a good batting coach. Prime example is boxing where all the top coaches have never been boxers themselves. Most teams around the world have full coaching staff plus a head coach. It's surprising that Pak never had a full time batting coach despite batting a major weakness. Despite that Pak has for some reason produced battng greats like Zaheer, Miandad, Inzi, Yousf, Younis and now potentially quality test batsmen like Azhar and Shafiq!!

  • abdullahiqbal on October 18, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    pakistan need new best batting cuoche like lara and pakistan player have problem with dew watmore

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 20, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Pakistan need a good fast bowling coach not a batting coach. what is Dave watmore for? Pakistan is having fast bowling issues since amir has gone. waqar was doing good job especially for bowlers.

  • beaman on October 20, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Michael Bevan only. If someone still have a working mind in PCB than Bevan will be appointed.

  • on October 20, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Pakistan DO not need many coaches, they need educated players and a psychologist who can convince them playing just for country to the best of their ability. One more important thing is that there is huge talent in Pakistani streets and if PCB honestly chose, groom and apply the merit based selection Pakistan can rule the cricket world for decades...

  • BustIPL on October 20, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Pakistan need Chappel as he can discipline these players like he did in India and India beat Aussies at home with ease.

  • OT12 on October 19, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Get Bevan, Steve Waugh, Rahul Dravid, any of the three will be just perfect for Pakistan, I know Dravid will never come to Pakistan but still even Jayasuriya will be a good option if he is willing for the job, Pakistan team needs a batting coach who has an amazing record couz thats how Pakistan media and people mentality is and they will never question the coach work, and by the way I think Dav is a perfect head coach for Pakistan. and please do not get any local coach otherwise he will do Politics against Dav to become a head coach. just let this team work for few years and you will see the difference.

  • beaman on October 19, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    This post will only be filled properly by Micheal Bevan. he's calm and sober, and Pak needs his services badly for youngster like umar akmal,asad shafiq. he's fit with Misbah ul haq because both are calm and have a best cricketing mind.

  • on October 18, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Pcb should stick with whatmore, players like haffez will necer learn how to play t 20, blame hafeez and pcb for the technical flaws that he has. All pakistani bstsmen need is to learn how to play under pressure and take time on the crease they should be good.

  • Crick_Expert on October 18, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Dav Watmore is great coach for Pakistan Team, so no need for batting coach. It bad luck when players like kaka Hafeez not listen to coach. PCB should open eyes and stop playing around & do following action. Selections team should be changed now. Majid Khan should be chairperson of selection team. PCB should kickoff trash players forever etc. Shoail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, M. Sami. Bring back Junaid Khan, Wahab Raiz, and RAZZAK as CAPT.

  • dontlikecricket on October 18, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Pak definitely needs a "Qualified" batting coach. Just because some one was a good cricketer does not mean he will be a good batting coach. Prime example is boxing where all the top coaches have never been boxers themselves. Most teams around the world have full coaching staff plus a head coach. It's surprising that Pak never had a full time batting coach despite batting a major weakness. Despite that Pak has for some reason produced battng greats like Zaheer, Miandad, Inzi, Yousf, Younis and now potentially quality test batsmen like Azhar and Shafiq!!

  • abdullahiqbal on October 18, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    pakistan need new best batting cuoche like lara and pakistan player have problem with dew watmore

  • on October 18, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Coaches required for the Children. So the PCB chief required to kick out all these players and give some young blood a chance. i hope the young blood will never frustrate and they will be polished after every match.

  • on October 18, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    You have a bowling coach, you have a fielding coach and now looking for a batting coach! Whatmore? What is Whatmore for?

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 18, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    I think we need qualified coaches at junior level bcoz coaches can,t do too much at highest level when it comes to rectify technical flaws ,having said that Azhar,jamshaid,Asad,umer akmal,Ahmed shahzad,haris sohail,babar Azam,hamad azam,Usman salahudin R all young so they can b groomd even now So Things aren't too bleak.THERE HAS TO BE Any one 4rm LARA,INZY,BEVEN,MARTYN,MARK WAUGH.

  • on October 18, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Yeah like a Zimbabwe player coaching England side :D

  • beaman on October 18, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Micheal Bevan is best for this position, how well he polished Nasir Jamshed in BPL.

  • Shridharan.S on October 18, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket needs Brain Lara as Batting Consultant.

  • on October 18, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Hire some one from Australia or England they will teach Pakistani players how to bat on those tracks

  • Narbavi on October 18, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    funny really, i mean i don't think it can change things, these guys will still get all out for 100 when they tour England or Australia or South Africa!!

  • on October 18, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    It was must needed because right now there is no order in batting line up.Hitters are defending the ball even while opening innings bowlers are batting well middle order is not there .verse starategic plan by pakistan in last world t20.hope new coach is going to sort out issues. PCB should consider Ajay jadeja or any other indian x retired batsman.they have the best techniques in the world of cricket

  • on October 18, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    PCB must improve their wicket standards, because due to batting paradises in domestic circuit our players don't perform in English, South African or Australian wickets & Mohsin Khan will be a better option for coaching role because our players have linguistic problems with whatmore.

  • on October 18, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Coaches do not win matches. What has the fielding coach done to improve our fielding. Coaches are needed at the junior level. PCB should ask Miandad or Zaheer Abbas to first search for talent at the junior level and then hire a coach to train them.

  • on October 18, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Pakistan should stop advertising for coaches and start advertising for batsmen.

    they keep having players who don't perform and puts the blame on coaches and board...

  • Percy_Fender on October 18, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    WHAT MORE David. This is quite ridiculous. You were yourself a fairly competent batsman having played for Australia during the Border era. Most of Pakistan's Test batsmen are well grooved and a batting coach will only confuse them considering that they are all above 25 and there is no teenaged prodigy waiting in the wings.Pakistan does not need a batting coach and I wish Ashraf will realise this. In Pakistan youngsters come up without any coaching. That is what he should realise. Allow them to evolve by themseves

  • beaman on October 18, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Micheal Bevan is best for this position. How to finish the game , no one nows better than him

  • on October 18, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    no coach can teach a player who played 150+ matches in international cricket,and i think most of main players of the team played matches ,they don't need a bowling coach or batting coach or fielding coach if you appoint the team of coaches than in future you appoint a leg sippner coach,a off spiner coach,a left handed coach,right handed coach,runiing between wicket coach etc etc what is this nounsence???? all the big names of pakistan team neeed a rest a long rest,they played always for themself not for pakistan, i requsted to MR zaka ashraf please don't waste pakistan's wealth on coaches please get lost some senior players and brought in some real young talent,we lost 2011 worl cup ,2012 t20 world cup now we should think about not next series should think about 2014 t20 worl cup and 2015 world cup please please no need of any coach need for some real action

  • on October 18, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Watmore took S/l team for the victory in 1996. So what more PCB needs when Watmore is there?

  • shantiratnamaj on October 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    The job is not to teach PAK cricketers how to hit the ball right? its to tell them how to plan batting according to situation? its actually mental training. If you can hire a business guy to teach the batsman how to evaluate task in hand vs resoruces in hand then PAK will do well! All cricketers don't relax to think cricket like a business. Winning is like profits in a business. HR development, analytical skills, team spirit, fitness are all the skills PAK need. 140 in the semi final was lost because during the break after 1st innings Dav Watmore just said the standard things which any coach said - take it slow - don't pressurize urself. If I was the coach i would have given target for each top 7 batsman. so 140 is out of the mind from each member of the team - each person target their own target and the 140 will look after itself. Bowling - its just a 120 balls game: so if each bowler would ball a maximum of 24 balls - so if each bowler needs target per 24 balls. Hire me i wil do it.

  • coolpain on October 18, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Navjot Singh Sidhu or Stephen Rodger Waugh or Brain Lara

  • masoodali150 on October 18, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    will it be fruitful for the team or just a joke to have one more coach. what ever, you do PCB but we want results in positive way. . . . . .

  • on October 18, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    All dear i think no need to appoint an other coach,all the players are not 16 or 16 years guys they all had lot of experience of international cricket no coach can play in the ground, if these players can't play more than get them out and give the chance to some new talent to prove their talent,we have a head coach a feilding coach a bowling coach,what is this nonsence if PCB have lot of money they should spnd their domestic cricket and players and also grounds,we use local brands ball in our domestic cricket than how we exept batter result in international cricket play with kokabura ball, PCB shoul our cricketing system from bottom and no need to spend lot of maney to a coaches team ,if we have backup players than each & every player will show his 110% in the ground himself,now they knows no backup that's why they are feel like king,afridi,akmal brothers,umer gul,hafeez etc knew they play bad or good they are all always in the team part,so please make the our system batter a7 batter

  • WildAmigo on October 18, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Pakistan needs homegrown coach if required.. No batting or bowling coach is necessary when you are playing for the country. Domestic circuits needs to improve as the flaws of the batsmen should be spotted earlier and rectify in domestic games.

  • davidatlas999 on October 18, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @Piyn_tnda_jeo_tanda m sure the same thing u can apply with indian bowling.pak under 19 bowlers ihsan adil zia ul haq are too good from the like of ballaji dinda and others.

  • on October 18, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    The Only Sutible Coaching Combination For Pakistan Cricket Team is

    1) Bowling Coach -- Waqar Younis 2) Batting Coach - Javed Miandad 3) Fielding Coach - Any best fielder coach like Jounty Roades

  • S.F.Ali on October 18, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Separate bowling, fielding and batting coaches then whats Whatmore doing there??

  • on October 18, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    good move by PCB. PCB is heading in good direction. now zaka should kick out the black sheeps out of PCB somehow...

  • syed.r.karim on October 18, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    Pakistan will never perform well until and unless they produce good batsman, so, this is the ever best decision taken by PCB. Plez don't question about the role of Whatmore, now it is time to bring new batting coach and that is highly required. Pakistan cricketers and fan should enjoy.

  • pintu01 on October 18, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    I always supported to let Mohsin Khan continue as the main coach as he was bringing so much winning results. Not sure what was the motivation to change him while the team was doing great job. I think internal politics is the main thing which keeps on destroying Pakistan cricket and hinder from achieving what it could have achieved. SO if there is a batting coach what will be the function of Dav Whatmore!

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 17, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Can I apply hahaha... need a part time job... :D

  • CRICPAKFAN on October 17, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    I have never been seen such great chairman likeep zaka in the world, he's great man, Pakistan team can proud to say such a wonderful man as a chief, Mr zaka is always planning n thinking to give quality players fr his country, n he's keep on working to build a good n quality players in the basement level, he's fully focused to helping current players to boost their game,,, zaka only can brink back the cricket in Pakistan with good players , I hope zaka will pick good coach fr further winning moments, inshaallah, Plz choose like heyden, beven, Martin, thrope, Stewart, Lara, Fleming,inzI,anwer, cullinan, n more,

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on October 17, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Try loaning some batsmen from India Under 19 or Under 17. I am sure they are going to be better than the ones in Pakistan senior team.

  • ak_dragon on October 17, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    For Modern Cricket...Inzamam Will be the best choice.....He was a Cool customer...bring him on..!

  • on October 17, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    The job of Watmore is to coach the coaching staff.

  • on October 17, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Dear PCB: Plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz get in BRAIN LARA. This is high time, we take the services of best ever batsman on planet.

  • on October 17, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    WhatMore? Okay, bad pun, but really what's the point of having Whatmore around if you are delegating all his responsibilities to more subordinate coaches? Unless this is part of a plan to phase Whatmore out..

  • DaDaL0G on October 17, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Yeah i Also Dont Understand why there is need of 4 Coaches, Javed Miandad, Inzi, Ramiz Raja, Salim malik, Zaheer Abbas, Hanif Muhammad,Saeed Anwar, Amir Sohail, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and many other names are known for their achievements and they spend their time well in grounds of all over the world not only pakistanies we have many other names in world cricket and they were guided by only one coach why so much coaches ? i guess we only need a wicket keeping coach who tell out wicket keepers how to take the catch and stump and probably we will have our 5th coach either :D.

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Things were going well with Mohsin Khan as the coach,Should have experimented with the formula for a little while longer. If something is showing results why change it.

  • ameen786 on October 17, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Get Micheal Slater or brain lara problem is solved,Please send nasir Jamshed,Umar Akmal,Asad Shafiq,Azar Ali...to English County at least for 1 season i am sure they will improve playing 5 times in a week it will help them to improve their confidence and skills. Take an example of great Aravinda De silva he was nothing he went to kent he played for 2 season he went on to become a great batsman..Many more examples like Lara,Mark waugh,Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Younis khan.... I hope this comment will read by A PCB Member so he can take good steps to improve our batting and our young players....

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    What is the role of Whatmore then..?

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  • on October 17, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    What is the role of Whatmore then..?

  • ameen786 on October 17, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Get Micheal Slater or brain lara problem is solved,Please send nasir Jamshed,Umar Akmal,Asad Shafiq,Azar Ali...to English County at least for 1 season i am sure they will improve playing 5 times in a week it will help them to improve their confidence and skills. Take an example of great Aravinda De silva he was nothing he went to kent he played for 2 season he went on to become a great batsman..Many more examples like Lara,Mark waugh,Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Younis khan.... I hope this comment will read by A PCB Member so he can take good steps to improve our batting and our young players....

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Things were going well with Mohsin Khan as the coach,Should have experimented with the formula for a little while longer. If something is showing results why change it.

  • DaDaL0G on October 17, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Yeah i Also Dont Understand why there is need of 4 Coaches, Javed Miandad, Inzi, Ramiz Raja, Salim malik, Zaheer Abbas, Hanif Muhammad,Saeed Anwar, Amir Sohail, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and many other names are known for their achievements and they spend their time well in grounds of all over the world not only pakistanies we have many other names in world cricket and they were guided by only one coach why so much coaches ? i guess we only need a wicket keeping coach who tell out wicket keepers how to take the catch and stump and probably we will have our 5th coach either :D.

  • on October 17, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    WhatMore? Okay, bad pun, but really what's the point of having Whatmore around if you are delegating all his responsibilities to more subordinate coaches? Unless this is part of a plan to phase Whatmore out..

  • on October 17, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Dear PCB: Plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz get in BRAIN LARA. This is high time, we take the services of best ever batsman on planet.

  • on October 17, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    The job of Watmore is to coach the coaching staff.

  • ak_dragon on October 17, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    For Modern Cricket...Inzamam Will be the best choice.....He was a Cool customer...bring him on..!

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on October 17, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Try loaning some batsmen from India Under 19 or Under 17. I am sure they are going to be better than the ones in Pakistan senior team.

  • CRICPAKFAN on October 17, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    I have never been seen such great chairman likeep zaka in the world, he's great man, Pakistan team can proud to say such a wonderful man as a chief, Mr zaka is always planning n thinking to give quality players fr his country, n he's keep on working to build a good n quality players in the basement level, he's fully focused to helping current players to boost their game,,, zaka only can brink back the cricket in Pakistan with good players , I hope zaka will pick good coach fr further winning moments, inshaallah, Plz choose like heyden, beven, Martin, thrope, Stewart, Lara, Fleming,inzI,anwer, cullinan, n more,