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Ajmal apologises over Whatmore remarks

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October 2, 2013

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Saeed Ajmal is ecstatic after getting rid of Jonathan Trott, Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day, February 6, 2012
Saeed Ajmal was Man of the Series when Pakistan last played Tests in the UAE, against England in 2012 © Getty Images

A controversy over the remarks made by Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan spinner and one of the team's senior players, about the national coach Dav Whatmore seems to have blown over after Ajmal apologised.

Whatmore had tweeted his displeasure over Ajmal's comments, after which the PCB had advised Ajmal to meet the coach to clear the air. "I immediately went up to Dav and apologised and explained the context and circumstances in which I made certain remarks," Ajmal said in a PCB media release.

"Dav has worked tirelessly with the Pakistan team and it would be extremely unfair not to recognise his services. I enjoy very good relations with Dav and am hopeful of continuing this in the coming series."

Pakistan have not won a Test series since Whatmore, a former Australia international and World Cup-winning coach with Sri Lanka, took charge in 2012. That was on the back of Pakistan whitewashing England in the UAE under Mohsin Khan but, ahead of their return to the region to host South Africa, their most recent result was a 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe.

Whatmore last week described the defeat to Zimbabwe in the second Test as "embarrassing, upsetting and disappointing" but expressed confidence in the team. However, Ajmal appeared to praise Whatmore's predecessors, Mohsin and Waqar Younis, during a lengthy interview with Geo TV.

Asked about having a foreign coach - Whatmore was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Australia - Ajmal said: "There is no difference, just that we are paying more to him, otherwise there is no difference. Waqar handled us better. He used to stress on fitness and he used to say that if your fitness is good then you are 80% okay on the ground, but if it's only 20% then you cannot do anything on the ground.

"Mohsin did well. He would scold in front [of the team] if anyone is not taking wickets or a batsman is not scoring, irrespective of if he is senior or junior. If a junior was not performing then he would say that if you don't, then you will not be able to keep your place.

"Dav is a foreign coach, he doesn't know our language much, but he is a coach and has done coaching for various countries and has helped other teams win, he is not that bad. We had our coaches, we have our language."

Ajmal, who is ranked the fourth-best bowler in Test cricket, was inspirational when Pakistan beat England in the UAE last year and he claimed 11 wickets in Harare last month to give Whatmore his maiden Test-match win as coach. His form will be crucial against South Africa, who beat Pakistan 3-0 at the start of 2013, and he stressed that it was the players on the pitch, rather than Whatmore, who had to fix Pakistan's poor recent record.

"I am not saying that I am not satisfied, he is a good coach and helped Sri Lanka lift the World Cup," Ajmal said.

"I am happy in every situation, if there is trouble then it's okay, I laugh and smile and even if there are hard times then it is inevitable, this is my lifestyle ... I don't have any problems [with] who is coming in as coach and, for me, more important is what reaction he has on my performance. He helps us get everything on what the batsmen are doing wrong. He tells us instantly what we have to do. He can't go [on to] the field. His job is to tell us what to do."

October 2, 2013 7.00pm GMT This story has been updated after Ajmal's apology

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Posted by gsingh7 on (October 5, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

@ mzm-- in pasttimes ,wi ruled world cricket. at present stage they are fighting bangladesh and pakistan to avoid last place in test rankings. times change man, accept that at present pak cricket is at all time low and only way is up. clutching at straws like digging out records vs zimbabwe wont solve cricket problems on field. india did changes to domestic structure and now have world class structure. hope pak too do same and have competitive teams in future.

Posted by mzm149 on (October 5, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

@samincolumbia: The nation at Pakistan's level i.e. India is afraid of losing that is why they don't play at neutral venue or even in India. In fact Pakistan is better than India because Pakistan has won 12 tests against India and lost only 9.

Has India started playing only Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Scotland, Ireland and the likes after humiliation against Bangladesh in Asia Cup?

India lost test series against England even at home what to speak of whitewash in England. Pakistan whitewashed England who were no. 1 at that time.

If your criterion for greatness of a team is performance against Zimbabwe, Pakistan has better performance than India. Pakistan lost 3 out of 47 ODIs (6.4%) whereas India lost 10 out of 54 ODIs (18.5%) against Zimbabwe. Pakistan lost 3 out of 17 tests (17.6%) whereas India lost 2 out of 11 tests (18.2%) against Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

Give Dav a team selected on merit, consisting of players in form, and then decide if he can do the job, or not. He has performed well in his other stints, so, it's rather unfair to call him out like that. Also, I am baffled at the consistent barrage of comments, everywhere, to drop Asad Shafiq. He, alongwith Younis, was our most successful batsman in South Africa. Since that series, he's been treated like a yo-yo, in in one match, out in the other. How do they expect him to perform, or regain form, like that? His average is far superior to that of Hafeez; and Hafeez has been playing without any gaps. People against the selection of Faisal Iqbal should keep that in mind, too. 20 odd matches in ten years time, he never got a consistent run to be able to show his mettle. And, I am afraid Fawad Alam is going to end up like that, too.

Posted by Hassan_U on (October 4, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Waqar with Aaqib as bowling coach was the best for the team. sorry to say but Afridi had big ego and Waqar ended up leaving and Aaqib stayed but when Dav Whatmore was appointed he left for UAE role.

I would still like to see Waqar and Aaqib back and the recent players like Yousuf, Inzi, Anwar, Shibby in the setup.

However, the old school have a grip on PCB

Posted by Wolverine77 on (October 4, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

I strongly agree with asiacricket1234... But again why not great servants of Pakistani cricket, players like Wasim Akram/Saeed Anwar/Inzamam-ul-Haq/Moin Khan/Saleem Malik/Aamer Sohail/Yousuf Youhana/Shoaib Akhtar don't get a chance to coach Pakistan????

Posted by   on (October 4, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Zulfiqar Babar is an extra ordinary spinner. His First Class record is even better than Ajmal & A Rehman. Pakistan must play with 3 spinners against South Africa on spin tracks.

Saeed Ajmal : 118 Matches, 452 Wickets, 7/55 BB, Average 26.64, Runs per over 2.72, Strike Rate 58.6, 29 times 5 wickets in an innings, 5 times 10 wickets in a match

Abdur Rehman : 129 Matches, 479 Wickets, 9/65 BB , Average 25.87, Runs per over 2.60, Strike Rate 59.6, 23 times 5 wickets in an innings, 5 times 10 wickets in a match

Zulfiqar Babar: 63 Matches, 309 Wickets, 10/143 BB , Average 20.36, Runs per over 2.67, Strike Rate 45.7, 19 times 5 wickets in an innings, 3 times 10 wickets in a match

Posted by   on (October 4, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

I think Saeed Ajmals initial remarks were correct. Whatmore has failed as a coach and the downfall of the team has proven that.Dave Whatmore should have been removed and Mohsin Khan shuld replace him. Afridi should be one day captain. After all these two guys brought a weak team to the semi final of the world cup.. A team that was predicted not even to make the qualifying rounds

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

indians record in overseas condition is very poor compare to pakistan .winning only one test in last series in sa is not big thing pakistan also win couple of test in sa

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

I think the issue lies way deeper then on the field. The issue lies in getting top talent selected on domestic or club level and then nurturing it properly.

I have lived in four cricket playing countries (Australia, UK, New Zealand and Pakistan) and I can tell you that there is some crazy talent in Pakistan - on the streets. However, due to the below reasons, most players (good ones) leave playing cricket in their early 20z:

1) There is no proper channel of getting into professional cricket in Pakistan.

2) There isn't much in Pakistani domestic cricket that would attract players (money, fame, endorsements etc).

3) Bad reputation of management and selection committees (bribe, personal favours).

Pakistan needs to do two things:

1) Attract young talented crickets by offering more in return then they currently do. It does not have to be monitory return in full but could be education, fame and other things.

2) Promote school and club level cricket.


Posted by samincolumbia on (October 3, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

@mzm149 - India came close to winning a series in SA last time and even won a test. When was the last time Pakistan won a test match in SA? After the Zimbabwe humiliation, they should be playing matches against nations at their level rather than taking on SA!

Posted by t20cric on (October 3, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

@asim229: I totally agree with you if Pakistan played more tests and Ajmal started playing at a younger age he would have had far more wickets. Thankfully this year Pakistan have played more tests than other years: 3 vs SA, 2 vs Zim, 2 vs SA, and I think 2 or 3 against SL. So by the end of this year they will have played about 9-10 tests. If you compare Warne, Murali and Ajmal by amount of wickets taken divided by amount of innings played Ajmal is second with about 2.7 wickets/innings, Warne has about 2.6 wickets/innings and Murali is far ahead with about 3.5 wickets/innings. So I guess if Ajmal got to play 100+ test matches like these other 2 he may actually have gotten more wickets then Warne. But you have to admit that in the second test he wasn't upto to the standard that everyone expects from him. He also didn't do that amazing in those 3 matches that the wolves played in the clt20. I hope he can play like he did in the first test match again in all of the tests.

Posted by hamqad on (October 3, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

@ AnotherCricketer: I agree. Unless you have apolitical and impartial selectors, Dave will always struggle to make his mark. He can either start interfering with the supply line and face a similar fate as his predecessors, or try to make do with what is sent down to him. He has chosen the later, and I do not blame him. He can't really coach a 31 yr old talent-less Imran Farhat into a top opener. You can polish a diamond to make it shine, but what do you do when all you have are stones?

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (October 3, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Reading some of the comments by the fellow fans, it seems like Ajmal committed a crime, of telling the truth. I don't even know why this is in the headline, seeing the interview live, i can attest that he said nothing wrong. If the question is regarding the differences in local coaches and foreign,what do you want him to say? Some people just can't accept the magician..that all!! Talking about being humble, i am not sure who is more humble than Ajmal, i have met him personally once and this guy is amazing. Hater please keep out.

Posted by makeshift on (October 3, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Next time he should think before he opens his mouth. Just because he is a good bowler does not give him the right to crticise a coach. Even Warne who took over 600 wickets during his playing days did not make such comments

Ajmal should concentrate in his bowling!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 3, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Lots of people complaining that Communication is the problem but I dont think thats true. Sri Lanka won WC under his coaching so if he really was such a bad guy to communicate how did SL do so well during his time? There is always a person in team management who helps players to understand what coach telling them to do so using communication as an excuse is silly. A coach can only teach you how to play cricket. They are not going to play for you on the field. If the players are talentless and Ordinary what can the coach do? Just being over-hyped by the fan not going to help Players on the field. I think people should not be harsh on Whatmore

Posted by AnotherCricketer on (October 3, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

@Smiling: +1. Dev is an impartial guy. I think he is making do with the team that is given to him. People easily forget the debacles in Waqar/Mohsin days. Waqar not giving Afridi space to be the captain. And the Mohsin/Ilyas selector tootsie of letting Malik and Farhat be in the side at the cost of other "performing" probables is another example. Dev's tenure is the most stable non-political venture. This allowed for constant probing of who's performing and who is not. In many ways, if the PCB doesn't mend their way now, the suffering of Pak cricket fans is bound to increase.

Posted by asim229 on (October 3, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

For Those who say that he didnt perform well against against Zimbabwe, Ajmal got 11 wickets in the first game at a very good economy rate and it was only because of Younis and Ajmal that we were able to win the first match and avoid losing the series.He started playing for pak when he was already over 30 and secondly pak only play 3 to 5 tests per year otherwise he would have ended up getting more wickets than Warne and Murli.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

i dont think that saeed ajmal was wrong.he was 100% correct in my view.He is a very experienced cricketer and knows what he have to say. This is an unnecessary scandal. And i saw the interview live and he didnt had any bad intention. The people who have any problem with this interview, my advice to them is that stop watching cricket.PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Herath-UK on (October 3, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

Players get frustrated when they are not doing well. He didn't do well against lowly Zim & Pak lost & now probably venting out his frustration at the easy target ,the foreign coach! Pak should be ever grateful to Dave's decision to accept the job at a time no international game is played at home.He has proven his mettle with the Lankan team.Ajmal is, I think concerned of his form against the SA. Except for a couple of old guards I do not see any batsman of great calibre in the Pak team, that no coach can change. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Why am I not surprised. It will be better in PCB' s interest to ask Mr Ajmal to keep quiet in public. This is not the first time he has invited unnecessary public attention with his silly statements in the media.

Posted by drshahidsiddique on (October 3, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

our problem as pakistanis is we are never had the courage to call spade a spade I am a pakistani but i must say we are lacking courage and confidence because we are caught into controversies among ourselves.I have seen that interview and i dont think there were any other meanings to it what everbody understood and if someting is not in the interest of Pakistan and you have pointed it out,you should have the courage to say it again.Why to cut sorry for if you feel what have you siad is all right and is in the benefit of Pakistan and if you feel that you have said something which is not true and not based on facts and you feel cut sorry for then you should be ashamed of for your doings.Diplomacy in all walks of life has damaged us badly and we are paying the price for it thx

Posted by NixNixon on (October 3, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

It seems that controversy follows the Protreas test team. The pressure of playing the number one team exposes their opponents, like what happened with Eng and Aus, and now Pakistan. And as such the team crumbles before even facing them.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

I wonder how Ajmal will comment if he's at least one mile close to Warne or Murali. Indeed thinks very big of him self. A shell full of water makes an ocean to an ant isn't it?

Posted by Smiling on (October 3, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Whatmore was a political pawn from the beginning. They gave him neither say nor influence to build a team. Their plan didn't work. No one wants to play international cricket there. Not even the presence of straight forward honest Whatmore can change the stripes on this tiger. Better he moves on and leaves PCB to drown in their own politics. Shame for the players though. Sure they enjoyed the solace and respite while it lasted. Players are used, used and further used. Cricket in Pakistan has nothing to do with cricket. About time everyone was honest about that.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Ajmal controversy cricketers ,he gives funny statements like this regularly just to show up ,This Statement was not as funny as last one about sachin retirement in ODI

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Ajmal controversy cricketers ,he gives funny statements like this regularly just to show up ,This Statement was not as funny as last one about sachin retirement in ODI

Posted by cricpolitics on (October 3, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

What is the fuss about? Whatever Ajmal has said is very simple and logical. Coaches are also evaluated based on their team's performances and it is true that a foreign coach is being paid a lot more money than the local coaches.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (October 3, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

Saeed is a Champion Bowler but not the brightest bulb in the room when it comes to vocabulary or expressing his thoughts. There is a child like innocence to him which anybody can make out when he is on the field or giving those hilarious interviews in English which manage to get so much hits on Youtube. If you look at his original interview there are lot of contradictions. On one hand he makes valid points about lack of communication due to language problems and Whatmore being expensive but he also admires Dave for his achievements with other teams and says he has no problem with Dave. Lets hope that this is a storm in tea cup and Pak team moves on. Cricketing world deserves a good contest between mercurial Pak bowlers and formidable SAF batting line up on turning tracks. Ajmal is no doubt Ace in the pack of Pak attack. Looking forward to seeing him bowl well on UAE tracks. It should make for the fascinating viewing.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (October 3, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

Ajmal is a senior and a performing player and should be entitled to his opinion however some of it may be due to the fact that you can't get a 100% English translation of a foreign language, so his words might have been lost. Ajmal in this interview may have indicated that he is saying all this so the coach can look at his errors and rectify them... it's about your perception of things.

Posted by hakoonj on (October 3, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Dont think Ajmal said anything wrong there, and it doesn't even reflect poorly on Whatmore either. He basically said that there is a language barrier and that domestic coaches such as Mohsin Khan and Waqar had better results because they could communicate fully and easily, to date Pakistan has only had success with one foreign coach which was Bob Woolmer, but it doesnt diminish whatmore's skills or coaching in any way, he has a proven track record with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I mean yes he was a foreign coach to those teams as well, but not everyone is the same and some players just respond more positively and are comfortable with someone they can relate to. Pak should go back to a domestic coach like Mohsin (under whom we won many test matches including the famous 3-0 over england) and Whatmore should go coach a team where he wont encounter these same language-barrier problems.

Posted by just_sagar_123 on (October 3, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

the interview was for geo tv, why couldnt he speak in urdu then ?

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

This fashion of hiring foreign coaches has to be going out of style ,is it a fad to hire Outside help when you have brilliant local help to do the job .I was personally Disappointed when Mohsin Khan was beginning to show results but was taken off Thanks to Mr Ashraf who got a license to kill at the wrong time .

Posted by SajMc on (October 3, 2013, 4:40 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

From the moment the interview was released, I knew it has been taken quite a lot of context. Given the way Ajmal usually talks, I was pretty sure it wasn't he intended to say in the first place, as was shown in media. He was clearly trying to say that every coach is a good one and brings positive vibe to the team - no matter who they were/are. Dav Whatmore is like Waqar and Mohsin, too.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Ajmal is right even team was able to defend low scoring total.After new forighn coach we lose from Zimbabwe

Posted by only_india_1 on (October 3, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

I think Ajmal is typical sportsperson from pak, espcially like akhtar and afridi, who can't or doesn't know how to handle little success they gained in international cricket. Look at some of the greatest cricketers of modern era...sachin, dravid, kumble, murli, lara, kallis...what do they have in common...they don't run their mouth everything and talk non sense wherever. he need to go to flashback and see how long has his international career been..barely few years, he made debut after 30+ years old. So check and see where you coming from before insulting other who has accomplished a lot more than you have in your entire life.

Posted by indi_flat_track_bully on (October 3, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

Never thought I'd see the day when a player criticizes their own coach publicly.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (October 3, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Now what ARE YOU A SCHOOL KID or something that coach needs to scold if you don't perform in front of every one. That's the local coaching for you.Coach needs to be a professional not a teacher.I f you have to be spoon fed every time, then what are you doing all these years. Grow up boy!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by vish2020 on (October 3, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

If I got a dollar for every time a pakistani cricketer said something without thinking and then back tracked few hours later then I will be a millionaire by now! no news!

Posted by Crick_Expert on (October 3, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

If PCB would like a winning team then PAK TEAM for SA Tour should be as 1)Younis Kkhan(CAPT) 2) AFRIDI(V-Capt) 3)Nasir Jamshed 4)Ahmed Shahzad 5)Sohaib Maqsood 6)Shan Massood 7)Haris Sohail 8)Umar Akmal(WKT) 9)Ajmal 10)Junaid 11)Irfan

Mr. tuktuk, Professor, Asad Safiq, Umar Gul, Azahar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Sohail Tanvir should say BYE to cricket world.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

I dont get al. This fuss n bickering, if team wins likes of Whatmore are made heroes and if team of Pakistan calibre having star studded line up especially in bowling perform mjserably against a minnow Zimbabwe then this is put on team,,,folks there must a single standard for success not a hypocricy...ICC is a home of politics but for God's sake leave PCB alone, we dont like foreigners as coach...we have enought talent....

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

Dave should be respected for his past accomplishments and should be given fair chance to complete his tenure. On completion, his performance should be evaluated professionally based on many factors (some visible to public and others known to players and PCB only) to decide about a renewal or opting for a new coach. All the best to Pakistani team and coach for a better show in series ahead, good luck!

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

The best person to coach Pakistan cricket team is either Javed Miandad, or someone of Imran Khan's mentality, who can call spade a spade and not sugar talk. I remember shoaib akhthar talking about how Javed Miandad treated the team after they had a bad outing or someone played a rash shot...if wasn't pleasant at all! Unfortunately, this is what drives Pakistan cricket, being tough on them..and have them mentally ready at all times. Regarding, Ajmal's remark, plz leave my boi alone here, he was being interviewd by GEO, the Pakistani FOX channel which likes to put words in the mouth of guest. Ajmal is always honest, and this is the way we like him..even though truth can be bitter at times. Good luck to Whatmore in the future.

Posted by mzm149 on (October 2, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

@samincolumbia: Just like BCCI found many excuses to avoid humiliation in the form of another whitewash against South Africa. West Indies invitation for Tendulkar's 200th test, opposition to Haroon Lorgat's appointment, invitation to Sri Lanka / Pakistan for home series, rescheduling of New Zealand series are some very solid excuses.

Pakistan is playing "home" series. Chances are they might win. But India had to play in South Africa where they would have been thoroughly humiliated.

As far as I remember when India last played an ODI game against Bangladesh in Asia cup, they lost. They haven't played Bangladesh again. Are they afraid of losing again?

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

Pakistan won World Cup ODI and T20 World Cup under the coaching of a domestic home bread coach. I fully endorse Ajmal's idea of domestic coaches who could communicate in the local language.

Posted by Agila on (October 2, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

Such a comedy, to go overboard with his remarks and to apologize later! Is'nt that his habit?

Posted by GrindAR on (October 2, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

When highly successful Arthur cannot fit in Aussie camp where they speak same language.... it is nobrainer to understand DW is out of place in Pak camp, where most of them dont speak english. Simply truth... good timing by Ajmal to speak out the issue(s) in their camp. Hope DW rectify his approach and bring positive results in the SA adventure.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

Very Well Said Saeed Ajmal , I SUPPORT his words 100%! . Dev is very good coach but sometimes things dont click together and thats what exactly he meant and i dont see why anyone should be hurt with his comments rather i like someone identifying the problem only then comes the solution Allah willing. once again well said SAEED.

Posted by GrindAR on (October 2, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

@Zia Hassan: If you are true, boards are not fools to pay hefty on coaches. Coaches own maintaining healthy, 1. Players mindset 2. Enthusiasm 3. Synergy between players 4.(not De) Motivation 5. Identifying unique talents in players and how to capitalize on that.

I dont blame DW. But it was his (frequency)suitability in Pak setup. They dont seem matching.... like Arthur in Aussie camp...

Posted by GrindAR on (October 2, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

Did Ajmal spoke in english? He spoke out straightforward instead of implying round the head... the outcome for Pak with DW is 0 (Zero). This is true. Most of the times Ajmal is humble... but his comfortness with english is almost nil for this kind of tricky talks. Hopefully, the management will find a fruitful method to use their talent pool result oriented. I can tell, even todate, if the playing XI decides and give 100% dedication towards the winning plan... they can beat any team in the world outright. I dont see the fire power consistent across the board. Mishab should take a session with Imran Khan & Wasim Akram about how to get the best out of players and get their acts together in every match they play. As Ajmal mentioned, Pak language (accent/slang) is required for communications within the team, which is tough for an outsider to master upon.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

I see people blaming Pakistani Players rather than Whatmore more. One of the guys mentioned that Pakistani Rocks are just stones and not diamond. Well honestly i don't like bragging things, what ever our country has achieved will and should remain with us. Pakistanis don't need to prove anything to anyone. We have no desires of competing with other countries in any other debate/things than sports. If Mr. Whatmore was hired to perform a certain job then he must fulfill his duty and should not pose as an innocent character and blame the players for losing in SA and Zimbabwe. If he is given credit to have coached the Sri Lankan World Cup winning team of 1996 then he can also be blamed to have coached the Pak Team which lost in SA and Zim. Pakistan pays him, Whatmore is doing no favors to anyone. Our own coaches have always done a good job and one feels for them when they are sidelined for foreigners. I am not against anyone but till date no foreign coach has performed well other than Bob

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

No offence but what's Dev contribution in last 18 years? Yes, he was the coach when Sri Lanka won the world cup but was he alone the reason that success? How can you forget the captaincy of Arjuna? How can you ignore the form of the life by few of players during that time? Waqar was the one who made this team after the biggest controversy. Mohsin got the team that prepared by Waqar. What's the contribution I f Dev in this team? Did he develop any player? did he develop some bench strength? We always win because of some extra ordinary individual performances not as team and that's where coach has to play a role. Totally Agree with Ajmal

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

If communication was a problem with Dave then Bangladesh would not have been successful under this man. Sorry if I comment hurts anyone

Posted by ameen786 on (October 2, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

Dear Ajmal you are good Bowler we respect but this total unprofessional ism way to go in Media every other day and give statements please stop doing this it reflect Pakistan Cricket Image and Yourself.

Dav have done a Good Job as Coach its up to Players to perform on the field he cannot play on behalf of players. You talk about Mohsin Khan he himself had no idea when team lost 5-0 against England in One day was Waqar who build the team with Misbah so thats why you win against England 3-0 No miracle was done by Mohsin.he was just sitting in Balcony and having tea coffee.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (October 2, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

What is it with really good spinners and their big ego? Warne, Ajmal, Swann, Harbhajan, etc. Makes me remember the two legends Murali and Kumble who were always humble

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

OK ajmal, how many world cup you win... to say Dave is not that Good. Dave know how to get the diamonds out of Rock, that's what he did in Sri Lanka. but unfortunately Pakistan Rocks are just Stones not Diamonds.

Posted by samincolumbia on (October 2, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

Ajmal already has found a good excuse for the upcoming humiliation by SA, after Zimbabwe! Poor Whatmore, what more can he do?

Posted by jst2smart on (October 2, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

saeed ajmal is 35 year old cricketer not a young 21 year old .. he said what he feel about pakistan coach .. now what ever he said is just trying to cover up things he said probley lot of other his team mate is thinking same thing .. dev's day of coaching pakistan team is coming to end soon

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

Yes some comments regd selection I support that.i dnt know how come Hafeez finds his place in pak team.need to bring back Fawad Alam . as per language prob ,appoinmnt a interpretr so he can communicate as well improve Pakistan players(who need that) English.which is require now a days modern cri to communicate world cri lovers

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

Ajmal's interviews, much like his bowling, are difficult to comprehend. What he wants to say and what actually comes out are two totally different things. May be this is what he meant when he said he is working on a 'teesra'. Effective communication is a great hallmark of a leader and if a coach cannot talk to his players, he is already handicapped. I think Pakistan needs a committed domestic coach, who is technologically advanced as well. And there is a lot of infight in Pakistani team. No matter how good Afridi is, he is not a team player.His way of celebrating even when he takes a catch is too narcissistic. India got rid of Sehwag and Gambhir, who wanted captaincy and the results are there for everyone to see. An united team is way better than a talented eleven.

Posted by sitaram58 on (October 2, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Shahid Afridi should be appointed as coach - he has retired as a player, hasn't he????

Posted by drnaveed on (October 2, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

i think , like we had a non playing captain in tennis in the past , in the same way , we should have our own ' NON PLAYING ELEVEN' , consisting of our top eleven alive players , from the past (like hanif muhammad , javed miandad , zaheer abbas , inzimam ul haq ,imran khan ,muhammad yousuf ,waseem akram ,waqar younus etc) , and these players should run our cricket business , from chairman of the cricket board , chief selector , selectors , to coaches (bating ,bowling,fielding,wicket keeping ) .their performances (except for few respectable senior players) should be judged annually ,and if performance of any player found below standard , he should be given rest and should be replaced by some another top player from the past.

Posted by Desihungama on (October 2, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

@Mel-waas- Ajmal said when Tendulkar decided to call in curtains on his ODI career, Ajmal was the last bowler to bowl him out. It seems to be you are lost in the translation. When you pull cricket records in 50 years from now on Tendulkar's ODI career, who's name will be adjacent to Tendulkar's? Saeed Ajmal. That is all what he was trying to say but poor chap has no command of English and there is absolutely no shame in it. Last time I checked, I did'nt find many Englishmen trying to speak hindi/urdu and getting scolded for saying something incorrect?

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

well ajmal should not be giving any media interviews.. he is simply not the guy for the job. he has created controversy in past many times and doesnt even know what he is saying. funny but should refrain from giving statements.

about dav, he is good person. good coach but in cricketing world results matter. and if there is a problem with players given to him then he should be speaking about it. thats not the case. pakistan's record under him is not great. he should speak about issues . if players not performing then give his report to pcb. even few days ago, he was about ok with hafeez ( just an example ), so that is not good job.

Posted by Desihungama on (October 2, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

I completely agree with Ajmal's assessment however I totally disagree with him going public about it. This is not the domain to discuss such things.

Posted by PakFollower on (October 2, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Amazing to hear from a veteran bowler. One thing for sure that since Whatmore came the rebuilding that started by Waqar Yonius and Mohsin Khan stopped.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

Foreign coach and language barrier can be one of reason for Pakistan cricket downfall, but not the main reason. Nepotism, lack of professionalism, bad selection, and mainly players and officials politics and power game. Team is divided into different groups. Misbah vs Hafeez captaincy tussle, Akmal brothers influence, and then political interim chairman Najam Sethi. In my personal opinion, Ajmal comment was inappropriate on the eve of South African home series.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

javed miandad has given his resignation and i think he is in line to be the next coach..i personally feel he is the best coach for Pakistan to improve the batting problems

Posted by Saqib_Sheraz on (October 2, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

@siddhartha87 before making such comments please understand two things: 1. in his 4.5 years career he played only 28 test matches (6 matches a year) no home venue, all away or neutral. 2. only home cricket can make constant performers. even though he is maintaining top ten ranking in all sort of cricket. please be realistic.

Posted by SGW100 on (October 2, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Dav Whatmore is a great cricket person and an even better man and has helped more people become better than most can ever dream of (!) Ajmal is a fine bowler, no doubt, but really, these comments are comical at best...if it wasn't so hurtful and disrespectful towards a truly great man, I would be rolling on the floor with laughter.. Stick to bowling only pls Mr. Ajmal, you are very good at that.. Fine people are fine people and great coaches are great coaches no matter what passport they possess and Dav Whatmore has proven over many years he is one of the best... Respect please ppl,.. Dav. deserves better than this from his players... SGW

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

When has Pakistan cricket ever been stable. There is always c--p. Its a shame. I in South Africa support Pakistan, but Pakistan just cant get it right. Pakistan have had local coaches also and they have also not made any meaningful difference.

Posted by abhiyog on (October 2, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Ajmal apologises after speaking truth sad that PCB is yet to sack whatmore after pak cricket has hit rock bottom under him. Whatmore was upset with ajmal,ajmal apologised. Millions of pak fans are upset with pak performance will whatmore as a responsible coach apologise to those upset fans.......

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (October 2, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

No way @nareshgb1! He didn't trouble even the worst ever bender Murali. You should expect such reactions when you lose a test to zim.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

All they need is people management, he may be the best coach however, If your skipper is not good people manager (unlike Dhoni), The topmost post should be Manager of the team as in football. Coach can spot the technical difficulties, however it must be the Job of Team manager to manage his players, Manage egos of players like Pieterson, Yuvraj, Akhtar, Maintaining a balance between Senior and Juniors. It is ridiculous of somebody to instill fears of losing the places in the team. That makes players play under pressure, they may never play to the true potential.

Posted by Dhumper on (October 2, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Ajmal's comments are always just true comedy material :) I'm sure he didn't mean this and has a good relationship with the coach. As for Whatmore, he seems like a nice guy and am sure was hurt when we lost to Zim and wants to improve results. He has good credentials and needs to somehow produce better results with coming SA series. If we win it, we will all hold him in high esteem.

Posted by muhammad.saleem on (October 2, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

It seems Saeed meant to say earlier coaches had good communication with the players.

That being said, in the last series against Zimbabwe Saeed Ajmal himself was below par. He was not good enough to win the series solely on the basis of his own performance. In my opinion, considering his rank, he should not have been in the squad altogether.

Instead of pointing fingers at the coach he should concentrate on his own performance.

However, the coach will also have to bear the burnt of consistent poor shows irrespective of the team selection and composition.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (October 2, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

@Hamid Ali there is nothing to be jealous of Ajmal. Swann is the best spinner of tests while Narine is best in t20. I do agree Ajmal is best in ODI's. In test he is far from the best. Look at his stats carefully. Analyse it with statsguru. You will know he has only two exceptional test series under his belt.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

No doubt Mr. Whatmore has a vast experience but is being wasted as Ajmal clearly mentioned that there is communication gap between players and coach, to be honest we are still waiting for WHAT MORE but it seems no more, we should hire a Pakistani player as main coach to develop better Pakistani team.

Sorry Mr. Whatmore we respect you too much but as senior player like DOSRA already express his point of view do you really think you will try ANY MORE BUT FOR WHAT.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Ajmal remarks have some truth. Language is important not only in training sessions but also to increase the moral of players. Pakistan is a new country to play cricket. Over the years Pakistan has produced so many legends... Why can't we have a local coach... Look at the statistics, during Waqar's and Moshin Khan's tenure, boys were winning matches. We can not always think foreign coaches are much superior than local coaches. So I think Pakistan Cricket should make a decision soon & pick the right person to coach Pakistan. If players don't understand the language, no matter how good your foreign coach, players won't learn much...

Posted by drnaveed on (October 2, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

i think , like we had a non playing captain in tennis in the past , in the same way , we should have our own ' NON PLAYING ELEVEN' , consisting of our top eleven alive players , from the past (like hanif muhammad , javed miandad , zaheer abbas , inzimam ul haq ,imran khan ,muhammad yousuf ,waseem akram ,waqar younus etc) , and these players should run our cricket business , from chairman of the cricket board , chief selector , selectors , to coaches (bating ,bowling,fielding,wicket keeping ) .their performances (except for few respectable senior players) should be judged annually ,and if performance of any player found below standard , he should be given rest and should be replaced by some another top player from the past.

Posted by kesaraca on (October 2, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Well said Ajmal. This foreign coach thing is a terrible myth. Especially for sub continental people.They are unable to see their people who can do the job

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

the whole thing has been taken out of context . i watched the whole show, it was in urdu and he also clarified his statement. he also said the coach does not make that much of a difference he can only guide a player.

Posted by frozendilemma on (October 2, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Have met a lot of Pakistanis over the years and even the educated ones have a very atrocious English so what can you imagine from the Cricketers who pretty much go straight into cricket after a little bit of schooling as you can only pick either Cricket or education...A hell of a lot of content must be getting lost in translation...A foreign coach would never work for Pakistan and for some odd reason Pakistani people dont respect some of their own legends of the game as some of them have played around 50 tests and they seem ok with the appointment of a coach who hardly played more than 5 odd tests...

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

@Siddartha: That is like the dumbest comment I have ever seen. Did you read the whole article or just read the heading before commenting here? Ajmal never questioned the skills or methods of Whatmore. He just compared him to his previous coaches and says that a foreign coach, like many would believe otherwise, is not really a great help. And as far as Ajmal is considered, you are just burning out of jealousy. Everybody knows who the best spinner in the world is. How many times do you see Swann troubling batsmen in T20s and ODIs? Ajmal is not only the best in Tests but he also spreads havoc in ODIs and T20s and that is something even Warne wasn't even able to do. The variations and tricks are just exquisite. I am not saying he is better than the great Warne or Murali but he is definitely the best in the current lot. And you need to learn to respect good players.

Posted by nareshgb1 on (October 2, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

doh...what just happened? Did Whatmore try to teach Ajmal how to bowl with a straight arm?

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (October 2, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Well done Ajmal for speaking out. You of course had your place secure so you could have criticised him even more. Well done!

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

For all people, Read DAV WHATMORE's latest Tweet.....

Posted by bohurupi on (October 2, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Pakistan was arguably at its best during Waqar, that was to some extent extended to Mohsin's tenure. For some reasons, Whatmore has so far failed to keep his reputation up to the mark. That does not mean he is not a good coach...he knows the subcontinent better than any other foreign coaches. If communication is a problem, to do justice to his job Whatmore should have learned Urdu by this time. Akmal is understandably correct; if you don't speak the language you can't communicate, that's plain and simle! As most Pak players have very little command in English, they either should be looking for a local coach or train Whatmore to do more in terms of communicating. Pakistan also need a batting coach, in addition to Whatmore.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (October 2, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Why he is blaming Whatmore? Does Ajmal expects to teach Pakistani batsman how to face good bowling?Ajmal himself was a failure in lost test match.Took 3 wickets giving away 150 runs.What was he doing in the 0-3 loss to Proteas? In that series he took 11 wickets @ 33.First and foremost Ajmal should stop considering himself some kind of legend. He has only 2 good test series so far in test career. One against England and other against West Indies. In all other his strike is over 60.Some may say South African pitches are for pacers only. I will suggest them to see Warne and Muralis record there.Even out of current spinners Swanny is ahead of him. He has better statistics even though he plays half of his matches in England.Ajmal need's to upgrade both his attitude and performance before questioning the skills of some one else.Period.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

I think, Saeed said very right- we dont need any foreign coach- we have very good coaches who also showed good results with National team like Javed Miandad, Mohsin Khan- Waqar Younus and Aaqib Javed- it's time to send back to Dave or can be utilized in National Academy as well.Foreign Coaches did not hurt with any defeat because they belongs to other country and they could not feel the wound of defeat of the nation. Dave Whatmore can not feel like as Miandad or any other National coach feel on Pakistan Lose in Cricket match or series.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (October 2, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

I think Ajmal′s quotes have been taken from a TV interview that he gave yesterday. Sports anchors on that tv channel want to make their show full of spices and have a tendency to be negative where they mostly criticize cricketers and the cricket board. They also tend to put words in their guest′s mouth. Ajmal is a simple man and probably did not figure this out. Dav Whamore should personally talk to Ajmal to clear the air.

Posted by aks1987 on (October 2, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

They should have persisted with either Mohsin Khan or Waqar Younis. Or maybe both ? I think so.

Posted by Cricket_Fan_Indian on (October 2, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

You are a social animal first cricketer next.There is a way how mature men talk about situations to the world. Either you don't seem to be educated enough or you don't have minimum common sense on speaking critical issues.

You should follow the hierarchy, intimate it to the captain first,if it doesn't work out speak to an official in PCB.

Don't be over confident of your short term success you are having. It will just be few seasons when batsmen would clobber you around the park once they come come to know about your to or 3 deliveries you bowl.

Being successful and being humble is a good option than being successful egoistic and over talkative.Come to earth buddy you are flying too high,you will have a deadly fall on your face....

Posted by F.Hashimi on (October 2, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Ajmal is crying about his ranking now which has dropped. Why talk about a coach on TV when you can talk privately to someone in PCB. Grow up 38 years old child!!!

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

@jaguar7777 This is the stance of Javed Miandad. He says a coach can not teach test cricketers. They are supposed to be test cricket material when they are included in the squad. Bob Woolmer also had similar opinion. He said that a coach can observe a player and point out his weaknesses and give him tips, but can not teach them how to play.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Whenever Ajmal talks, he creates controversies. I think the reason is he is a simple guy who don't know what is the value of his words is. He is talking about any coach's role on himself mostly. There will be no issue if the last words of interview are highlighted more:

"...He helps us get everything on what the batsmen are doing wrong. He tells us instantly what we have to do. He can't go [on to] the field. His job is to tell us what to do..."

Posted by Front-Foot-Sponge on (October 2, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Nice how Watmore uses twitter to express himself.....

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

whatmore was always the wrong choice...Mohsin is much better

Posted by asim229 on (October 2, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Most pakistani cricketers are not very fluent in English so most probably he was trying to say something different which was not translated properly.Most probably he was trying to say that whatmore is a good coach but so far he is clicking that well with the pakistan team the way he succeeded with the srilankan team.

Posted by Mel-waas on (October 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Not the first time Ajmal made a fool out of himself. He caused an uproar when he said that ICC has secretly allowed him to bowl with 30 degree bent elbow, right after Pakistan 3-0 win against England. PCB had to clarify the situation. Then he said that Tendulkar retired from ODIs because of his doosra, A statement that he retracted. Now he has mentally hurt the team coach. how is Dave going to motivate the Pakistan team now. Mr. Ajmal please bowl Doosras, but don't throw Doosra's in your statements.

Posted by Z.Saleem on (October 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Get Aaqib as bowling and Inzi bhai as batting need to pa 10 times the salary to someone (who knows his job) but can't learn a language to speak to the players

Posted by sajni on (October 2, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Even the best coach in the world makes no difference to the Pak team as long as the players and coach cannot communicate. PCB should either not choose foreign coaches or teach the players English so that they can stand up in the international stage and not become a disgrace to the country. We are giving the impression that most of Paks are illiterate and uneducated. Why cant our players take the lead of Imran or Akram or Wasim and learn English instead of causing shame to the nation by proudly stating they cant communicate with any foreigner.

Posted by Sirio on (October 2, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Ajmal is a nice guy but he has no command over what is he talking and hence he can make life very difficult for himself and for other team mates. He should be managed and should not be allowed to give interviews as he would not know what is the intention of the journalist, some of them are very cunning people and will use all opportunities to use politically incorrect statements. The best choice for Ajmal is to make his ball talk rather than himself. PCB should stop him having interviews and train him how to tackle difficult questions.

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (October 2, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

I am very sure Ajmal didnt even know what he was saying. This wasn't the first time. But having said that Ajmal must realize that he is one of the most senior players of the team and such remarks can definitely hurt the morale of the team and it will give a field day to all the critics of Dav Whatmore and the team. Ethically, these statements should never have been made. If there are some problems, there are appropriate people in the board and the team who can be contacted. Giving interview to one of the TV channels is a case of sheer stupidity.

Posted by jaguar7777 on (October 2, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

i would like to add what saeed ajmal has said. coaches in cricket are a big help at grass root level and not when cricketers are playing for their country after developing the necessary skills.the cricketers need to strengthen their resolve and apply their skills better and a coach definitely cannot do this. perhaps his presence may bring in the luck might say, coaches can bring about discipline in the team, but at what cost. pakistan cricket needs a local mentor who will take less and deliver more.the talent is definitely there but needs to be harnessed by someone who understand them

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

I think we need Ramiz Raja to coach our team. He is very smart cricketer.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Most Pakistani players have very poor command on English and to get someone like Whatmore will not work. Only person I can think of from Pakistan who was good was Imran and Raja....

Posted by mzkmdus on (October 2, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal should shut up and let his bowling do all the talking. This is a needless controversy. If these are his true feelings, they can be expressed privately to the people who can do something about it. If his feelings were misinterpreted during the interview, then my opening sentence stands.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Pakistan have in the past produced the most fabulous coaches, what I dont understand is why they are not used and why we have to waste money on coaches who can not speak our language and would not do very well even if they could!

Posted by KirGop on (October 2, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Ajmal has come out publicly saying he wants to take the maximum wickets in SA and wants to be the man of the series there. Now he has rubbished his coach. The die has been case. In a month we know if Ajmal can walk the walk.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Well truth is always bitter. Ajmal is right most of our cricketers cannot speak or understand English very well and if they feel uncomfortable plus we already have our own Legends sitting in Pakistan and waiting for opportunity to make a mark therefore we do not need a Foreign Coach.

Bowling Coach : Waqar Younus / Aaqib Javed Batting Coach: Inzamam ul Haq / Javed Miadad

Posted by bigdhonifan on (October 2, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Main reason with Pakistani's are most of them wont speak English. Other countries like India and Sri Lanka can appoint coaches from outside. For example Kirsten Fletcher and Moody.

Posted by tanweeralam on (October 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

I think he summed this up very well. The only difference made by Whatmore is a hiked salary of head coach. This is not just claim but a fact backed up by performance of individual and of team across format and across continent Apart from SriLanka's case Whatmore has been an utter failure, and I would dare say even the case of Srilanka was different because of the shear brilliance of individuals like Ranatunga DeSilva Jaisurya Chamunda Vass Kaluvitarna and support by the remaining.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

This is most definitely a case where something was lost in translation or he didn't quite mean to come across this harsh.

He probably meant something like it doesn't matter who our coaches are, they are all good and have their positives.

That being said, I think Waqar played a great role in recovering Pakistani cricket, Misbah and his partnership took Pakistan to the next level.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

It's such shame that host of the show put Ajmal under immense pressure and made him say this statement, and i'm overly sure that Ajmal never meant it in a way, you people have made it look like. Shame in the name of journalism and show hosting!

Posted by ImmadAzim on (October 2, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Although Saeed Ajmal is dead accurate on this, he should not have spoken in open, rather should have tried to motivate PCB officials to look for a suitable replacement, once Dav's tenure finishes.l

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

coach cant play on the ground so dont blame the coach when you lose a game when a player has made to internatinal level you can not coach him/ them all you can do is guide them put a game plan and discuss tactics its up to the players to excute that plan so i blame the players for not performing not the coach

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal is correct saying that Dave Whatmore has not contributed any thing at all infact our performances has been dismal during his tenure I blame Intikhab Alam and Rameez Raja for bringing a foreign coach when Moshin Khan was doing a brilliant job.


Posted by Joe-car on (October 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Wow, talk about brutally honest. To be perfectly frank, it's a bit too honest. He should know better.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

He shouldn't have said that.. Its common sense.

Posted by CricketChat on (October 2, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Not the kind of talk you want to hear from the premier bowler of the team on his coach just before an important tour. Looks the senior players want the coach out.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

if they dont need the service of him then why they asked to him to take the responsibility .

Posted by Cric_god_Sachin on (October 2, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

This out-spokenness will earn him no friends in Intl cricket...

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

I agree, Whatmore should not be Pakistan's coach anymore. He was unable to improve Pakistani batting line up.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

hahaha... very true...but not a good time to raise concerns about your coach when u r about to play No: 1 ranked team in ur adopted backyard.. Media usually exploit simple people n ajmal is only good at handling batsmen... But best of luck team green..

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