Pakistan news January 21, 2014

Whatmore delighted with 'perfect' send-off

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dav Whatmore has commended the Pakistan team for giving him the "perfect" send-off as his coaching tenure with the team came to an end in the form of an exciting five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka to draw the Test series in the UAE 1-1. It had been announced last November that he would step down as Pakistan head coach following the conclusion of the series.

Pakistan chased down a difficult 302-run target on the final day of the third Test, with Azhar Ali leading the way by compiling a fifth Test hundred, while Misbah-ul-Haq and Sarfraz Ahmed sealed the contest with crucial knocks.

"[I am] absolutely delighted. It's a satisfying win and a perfect gift the boys have given me on my departure," said Whatmore. "I am leaving the Pakistan Cricket Board on amicable terms, but it's not a case of leaving Pakistan and not wanting ever to come back.

"I am sure that I will be back in a different capacity, sooner rather than later. I will always look forward to coming back to Pakistan."

Whatmore confirmed that the victory was definitely one of the highlights of his coaching career. "This victory [against Sri Lanka] will be ranked up there with the (one-day) series win in India and one-day win in South Africa (2013) and the Asia Cup, are pretty decent to start with. When we arrived we were not given any chances in South Africa so there were some high points."

He also stated the team's future will be determined not by the legacy he has left, but rather how the new coach, when appointed, would fare over the next coming months.

"It is for the next coach to do the [future development]. The nucleus is there. We have to pay a little bit more attention to the eleven we play. The will is there and that is a major asset."

Whatmore took over as coach in March 2012 from Mohsin Khan. Prior to that, he had also coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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  • Jawwad on January 24, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    I think Dav has done a considerably good job with this team. Perhaps little more time should have been given to Dav?

  • Irfan on January 23, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    would PCB consider an extension for Dav, until ODI world cup?

  • Zain on January 23, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Well Done Dave Watmore and Julian, I think the team has certainly Evolved in supreme form during u remaining the coach and the fielding has also Improved quite a bit over these few months, There might be some flaws in the Batsmen's technique but i think u have performed your job Quite well. You are certainly and truly the the Best coach over the world. I still know the comments ppl gave just after u Signed it and im pretty sure those guys are ashamed of themselves, which is now obvious,

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Thanks Dave for your services much appreciated

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Note: Please read my previous comments first before this one . Also in South Africa, Pakistan lifted the trophy of T20 series in such a way that they bowled out South Africa in their lowest total of all time in T20 and beat them by 95 runs which is huge in a T20 match specially against a top class team. They sent the entire team of South Africa back to the pavilion in just 12.2 overs which is perhaps itself another world record in a match of any format between two test playing nations. The last victory against Sri Lanka was also not just a victory. Pakistan achieved that target by making the world record of highest run-rate in a successful test match chase of a 300-plus target. It will be very difficult for others to break that record. Hence Dav Whatmore deserves all this admiration as he did his job very professionally and sincerely. What more one can expect from a coach? Can any coach make teams like Ireland and Kenya world champions in a year or two? So we Pakistanis love you Dav.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    There were occasions of very disappointment but a very interesting thing is that all the important victories Pakistan got under Whatmore's coaching had significant effects. Becoming an Asian champion in presence of Sri Lanka and special India was something special. Then defeating India in India very comfortably was also not an ordinary achievement especially when all the world of cricket was taking a lot of interest in that bilateral series. Pakistan always lost a bilateral ODI series against S Africa even in presence of great Javed Miandad, Waseem and Waqar etc. but under his coaching the situation has become almost apposite to it in some way. Now Pakistan has become the only Asian cricket team who beat South Africa in South Africa in a ODI bilateral series. Very interestingly, , all three above-mentioned achievements show Pakistan supremacy over India though India has also achieved many goals that show its supremacy over Pakistan in cricket. So we Pakistanis love Dav Whatmore.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    A series defeat and you would have been dumped out.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Mr.Dav is professional coach and he work hard as we have witnessed so many big achievment in his tenure on which we feel proud.... we wish Mr.Wat best wishes and will miss him alot..... May Allah bless him with more happines in life....

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Spot On! A great challenger truly deserves this perfect send-off

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    The great achievement by Whatmore was Sri Lanka winning the 1996 world cup under his coaching.......

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