Pakistan news September 23, 2013

Whatmore confident of better show in UAE


Dav Whatmore, the Pakistan coach, has said the recent Test loss against Zimbabwe has been "embarrassing, upsetting and disappointing", but on the positive side, has provided the team with preparation ahead of the upcoming series in the UAE.

"All three adjectives (upsetting, disappointed and embarrassing) can be used to describe the way I feel after the defeat against Zimbabwe," Whatmore told ESPNcricinfo. "I understand you cannot win with these sort of performances but I don't want to blame. I rather look for reasons and try to see things in a perspective than being judgmental.

"I know things were not good as we were a bit naughty with both bat and ball. But in the end, we only lost one Test match. I know it's Zimbabwe and I am also not happy with the result at all. I would like to think and public should understand that Zimbabwe team gave us a better fight than what the whole public thought. It wasn't easy breaking them down as they were not a bad team in their home conditions."

Pakistan are yet to win a series under Whatmore, who has six months remaining in his two-year contract, and the team's next assignment - the two-Test series against South Africa in the UAE - is a tough one. But it was in the UAE that Pakistan earned a remarkable win against the then No. 1 side, England, and Whatmore understood that there would be expectations this time too.

"I have confidence in the Pakistan team," he said. "You can't just say (that we don't have a chance). The conditions will be entirely different.

"I feel we are in a better position than before. At least Zimbabwe gave us better preparation and they were bit stronger than what a lot of us thought."

The selectors are likely to consider Taufeeq Umar for the opening role, with Mohammad Hafeez's selection for the series in jeopardy. Whatmore said there was a need for a reshuffle in the XI as the series would be played in entirely different conditions from what were encountered in Zimbabwe.

"There is good ground for discussion on the change ahead of (South Africa series)," he said. "You are going from one competition to another in totally different conditions and against an opposition that has a different formation. So there are number of variations and I don't think we can fit the same set of eleven players to play the number one team. But yes, we need to be consistently looking towards strengthening the team combination."

Whatmore's coaching and Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy came under severe criticism after the series in Zimbabwe, but ESPNcricinfo understands the PCB has no immediate plan to remove the head coach, although they are not intent on renewing his contract that expires in April 2014.

"Misbah has some wonderful leadership qualities and has been successful since he took over recently," Whatmore said. "My observations are that by nature he is a methodical person who thinks deeply before making decisions. This is reflected in his batting as well. He takes a little time at the beginning but at the end his contribution is effective. His consistency in contributions during 2013 has been second to none. It's easy for people to be critical."

Whatmore, 59, might not have had the positive results with the squad, but he insisted that he has been doing his job whole-heartedly. "I can not control what people think," he said. "I know what I am doing being a professional coach with 15 years of international experience and nobody has such experience. When you are about to conclude your contract, these questions do emerge. But the renewal depends on mutual willingness. I know what I do is done with the best of intention and at the end of the day I can sleep straight, comfortably.

When asked if the results haunted him, Whatmore replied, "I don't worry. Everyday I need to know what we are doing is correct. Like everybody, I also make mistakes and I admit them. I am doing the best possible job what I can do."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Wahab on September 27, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Hmmm well i just calculated the average age of the South African Test Squad is more than 30. Hehe! and i think Pakistan has the same Age Average ... it will be a contest to watch where Two grey haired teams will contest.

  • zaf on September 27, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Thanks for PCB, Kingsland Selection Board announced final 11 players for SA tour.

    1)Younis Khan(CAPT) 2)Shan Massood 3)Nasir Jamshed 4)Shoiab Maqsood 5)Haris Sohail 6)Umar Akmal(WKP) 7)AFRIDI(Vice-CAPT) 8)Ajmal/Rehman 9)Junaid 10)Irfan 11)Ahmed Shahzad

    Sorry no place for Mr. tuktuk, Asad Safiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Sohail Tanvir and Professor.

  • shehryar on September 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    As I can see Pakistani team can upset South African side with their spin attack, the worry department (as always) is our batting side and in these circumstances where our batsmen are having difficulties to face Zimbabwean seamiers south African bowlers well be like monsters ….:P

    I have a suggestion for the selectors if young blood is not performing we shouldn't we try the old horses like Abdul Razzaq, Azhar mahmood, Rana naveed …I know this is odd but if u look at the record of Azhar Mahmmod VS south Africa it's been exceptional ..Maybe these guys may put up some sort of fight against the mighty South Africans and the dead tracks of Dubai you will never if we can beat England …

  • shehryar on September 25, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Before criticizing our players we have to understand that Pakistani cricket is also going through the same Downfall as we have faced in hockey and squash and I am afraid that the day is not so far when we have to play in world cup qualifiers (GOD forbid), and the main reason behind all this downfall is the weak domestic structure and short of self confidence we can never produce Wasim and Waqar again if somebody plays in the side with the mind set of saving his position instead of talking responsibility on his shoulders to take his side to a victory ..

  • AB on September 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    No chance for pakistan in test series against world number # 1 test team Proteas....proteas will hammer them..may be last series of Dave Whatmore...he will be sackkk..after Steyn show...

  • Android on September 25, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    hope somebody from Pcb would listen to me. Please bring sohaib maqsood and umar Ameen in all three squads. plus Harris sohail and hammad azam for one day's and t20. shan masood , khurram manzoor and taufeeq umar are tests openers. plus rest of the same squad in Zimbabwe is fine. Last but not the least. bring zulfiqar babar to tests and 1 days for god sake he's a fantastic long format bowler don't just keep him for t20's. I have a deep eye into cricket hope someone gonna implementation my suggestions. sincerely Pakistan cricket lover Jahanzaib Shaukat

  • farah on September 25, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Why blame poor whatmore. He is doing a pretty decent with the team given to him. What can he do if the selectors prefer Imran Farhat, hafeez, Faisal Iqbal, Asad Shafiq and Wahab Riaz over Nasir jamshed, Taufeeq Umer, Haris Sohail, Umar Amin and Mohd Irfan ? Obviously such a team was destined to lose. It is the selectors who should be changed and such persons given the task who are honest, fair and who should select the team only on merit. This is the only recipe of success.

  • Jay on September 24, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    First of all, Pakistan needs to find 5 more Misbahs to save them. They have a poor batting line up and it is embarrassing to watch a team that once had some mighty fine players like Javed Miandad, Inzi, Saleem Malik, Mohammed Yusuf, Ijaz Ahmed, Saeed Anwar, Aamer Sohail, Basit Ali, Zaheer Abbas etc. Now this Pakistani team is struggling to even score 200 runs consistently. How much long can the bowlers save the team ? Too much pressure is put on Dav Whatmore. It's not the coach's fault. The Pakistani system is not producing world class batsmen, period.

  • Danish on September 24, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    As long as Misbah keeps playing in the team, the team cannot improve.Let me explain why i am saying this even after his prolific run with batting.He has actually been topping the charts.My problem with him is, that he scores runs for sure but whenever he scores, 50 runs are deducted from pakistan's total score.He scores really slowly and at the very end, improves his personal strike rate and average, but in doing so He controls other players' game too.He makes the other batsmen play according to his plan.Pakistan's natural gameplay is aggressive.They go under a shadow when they play according to misbah's defensive style.Only Umar Akmal is one player that doesnt seem to follow misbah's plan, resulting in his exclusion from the squad all together.But, i am a cricket lover.I'll wait patiently till misbah retires, and then we'll start winning.

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    kingsland and Mohammad Hamza i agree with you brothers.........need a new captain who is aggressive and defensive enough to mould his plans with changing pace of game...

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