Pakistan news January 21, 2014

Whatmore delighted with 'perfect' send-off

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • Desihungama 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?

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

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

  • Zainnajam 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,

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Thanks Dave for your services much appreciated

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    A series defeat and you would have been dumped out.

  • 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....

  • on January 23, 2014, 4:29 GMT

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

  • on January 23, 2014, 3:23 GMT

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

  • Desihungama 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?

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

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

  • Zainnajam 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,

  • on January 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Thanks Dave for your services much appreciated

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    A series defeat and you would have been dumped out.

  • 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....

  • on January 23, 2014, 4:29 GMT

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

  • on January 23, 2014, 3:23 GMT

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

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 22, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Thank you very much for your services to Pakistan cricket dav. wish you good luck for your future.

  • on January 22, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    The best achievement under whatmore was ,The Great odi win against great odi side i,e sa in their backyard ,This is some sort of achievement to gloat about ,that too against the likes of two Best Batsmen and best bowler of the world i,e Amla ,Devillers & steyn , it is no mean feat . Farewell Dave .

  • GeminiAwan on January 22, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Best of luck for one of the best Coach of Pakistan cricket team...

  • on January 22, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    under his coaching we beat india in india it was enough #thanku_whatmore

  • on January 22, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    thank u dav you are the world best coach wish you all the best

  • BloodBeat on January 22, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Whatmore was an OK coach but best of luck for the future Dav.

  • Mujeeeb on January 22, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    In these 2 years PAK team was performing well only 2 times, first, when Whatmore joined them and 2nd when he is leaving them....!!! Thanks to Whatmore for Serving and Thanks to Fountain for leaving....

  • rohanketa on January 22, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Dear Whatmore, you were like a father figure to Pakiistan cricketer, and they also loved you. You wre give the unbelievable sensd off. Hope and pray that you join them at some point later.Anyway thank you very much DAV ,

  • Rocky0027 on January 22, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Fantastic Coach, doesnt always like the lime light. Rejected The offer to be India's Coach. Turned fortunes of SL, Pak and to an extend Bangladesh.

  • Tbilisi on January 22, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    @Bishart Ali my friend you cannot be student until you have teacher whatever you IQ level is. matter of fact is our boys are perfect players to play against any team & vanue .... slogging is part of game and last test match i dont think our boys did any slogging. Anyway this is cricket all about.... thanks to watmore to coach pak team & wish you all the best in future !!

  • AltafPatel on January 22, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Pak won hearts of all cricket fans including India and SL. SL lost its credibility all over cricketing world.

  • on January 22, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    I want to thank Mr. Whatmore. Although the test record of Pakistan under him is not very good but not that bad either. However, in other formats, specially in ODIs, Pakistan has climbed quite a few steps in terms of victories against India in India, Saffans in S.Africa and the Asia Cup.

    But beside of all that, I want to pay a special thanks to be a part of Pakistan Cricket Team with a lot of ups and downs in and outside the team as well as standing for Pakistan throughout and still willing to serve Pakistan Cricket in any other capacity.

    I want to suggest to PCB that for any Pakistan Cricket Coach, they should have a policy to offer him a post inside the Cricket development programme, at the time he would be leaving. It would be upon them to accept that or not, but it will allow them a future scope even after leaving.

  • on January 22, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Pity that Whatmors best times were still ahead with the infusion of some exciting talent like Maqsood & Sharjeel. Wish u best of luck Whatmor. We will always welcome u back to play a role in Pakistan cricket.

  • on January 22, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Thank you WhatMore, but i still miss Bob Woolmer :(

  • umairasgharbutt on January 22, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    thank you dev, wish you happy life ahead !

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on January 22, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Thanks Whatmore for your commitment and great services to Pakistan Cricket team. I hope that you really had a good time in Pakistan.

    You will definitely be remembered and missed .Respect and bundles of gratitude to you for all the hard work you did with Pakistan team.

    Respect from Pakistan!

  • on January 22, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    I want basit ali next pakistan team coach .he is perfcet man.inshallah I hope pakistan win asia cup 2014 and inshallah inshallah 2020 world cup

  • Solid_Snake on January 22, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Mohammad Irfan Javed: Our players have attitude problem.Take Hafeez as an example.Biggest flawed player I've ever seen.No technique at all yet he says that his technique is okay..lol.... Indian young Pacers go and meet Akram/Waqar every time they get a chance.They ask their help and Waqar/Wasim gladly help them polishing their skills.What are our batsmen doing when Dravid/Gavasker or other Great Indian Batsmen are around them? If our batsmen needs some help,they have to do something about it..It's not like Dravid or any other Indian Batsman would come to them for help

  • on January 22, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Thank You Whatmore for being there with our team in every ups nd downs.. Thank u for the Asia Cup Thank You For The Win Over India in PakvInd Series Nd Thank you For the Win Over South Africa in Africa .. Nd Made us a First Asian Team To Do That.. You will Always be missed.. :-) #ThankYouWhatMore

  • on January 22, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    It does not really matter who will be coach of pakistan because pakistan were,are & will remain as unpredictable and foolish stroke playing team..

  • CricketFever11 on January 22, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Otherwise he has nothing to show. Feel for him.

  • on January 22, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Dear Whatmore U did really well for Team Pakistan, Farewell my Friend WELLDONE!; I always used to say that "WHAT MORE from Whatmore" ;)

  • fayyaz03 on January 22, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Positives during his tenure: 1.Asia Cup Victory, 2.T20 Semifinalist, 3. Series Victory against India in India, 4.Stability in team, 5.Finding Ahmed Shahzad as a regular opener, 6.Polishing M.Irfan, 7.Finding Bowling allrounders like Bilawal and Anwer, 8. Polishing U.Akmal as permanent WKB in ODIs and T20s, 9. Finding of Sohaib Maqsood & Sharjeel Khan, 10. Series Victory over South Africa in South Africa, 11.Test Match Victory over SouthAfrica, 12.Exciting and Unbelievable chase against Srilanka in Sharjah, 13.Being Unbeaten in any test series at Home, 14.Series Victory over W.I in W.I, 15.Above all - No Controversies! Thank You Dave Bhai

  • on January 22, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    good luck DAV... got mixed times with the PAK team still under his wings team has delivered historic wins all over the world. Champions trophy,PAK in ZIM and SA in UAE(apart from tests) tours were the biggest disappointments under his coaching

  • Udendra on January 22, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Drawing the series in your adopted home 1-1 and he's happy??

  • on January 22, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Thanks Whatmore for coaching Pakistan. we all love you :)

  • SHK1 on January 22, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    He may be a nice guy but he was not competent at the job PCB hired him for.

  • on January 22, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    he must be retained till 2015 wc

  • on January 22, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Well if our batsmen cant learn by watching the other teams batsmen play as opposition on the same pitch in the same match under same conditions then no coach can help them (even an indian). They lack focus and patience which effects their technique eventually. In test match we all know staying at the crease is really what matters, runs will come automatically. But unfortunately our batsmen dont get that and no coach can make them realize unless they do it themselves.

  • on January 21, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    yes we didnot win any test series but we did draws and won many ODI series against well known teams and brought many new faces to the team which is just awesome. He has done a wonderful job and sad to see him go specially before T20 world cup and WC 2015. it will be hard for new coach to find stability but I am hoping we survive

  • on January 21, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    @ Nawaz Ahmed, thrilling win for Pakistan in last test, understandabd but how was the result excellent for Pakistan, the series was drawn and why is Dav whatmore and excellent coach ? He might be a nice guy.

  • on January 21, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Everyone is saying Dav Whatmore has done a brilliant job, No he didn't and had Pakistan lost this last test, I wouldnt see any of these nice positive comments about him. Are you guys seriously judging him on the last series which Pakistan didn't even win. Pakistan won two test test matches last year & you guys call that a good coach. Pakistan had a poor 2013. Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe and even gave Ireland a Chance.Pleasee think throughly before you make judgments

  • Cric_fever_forever on January 21, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    i dont believe in coaching at all belong to old school of thought of imran and gavasker that captain is the one who leads his team and formulates plans not coaches. so i would suggest they hire any one they want to but plzz pcb should back there captain and make him stronger. how ever i feel that guy julien fountain should get a new contract as he is done amazing job in last few years. i do feel fielding has been improved after his appointment. so it would be silly if he is shown doors!!! cheers

  • on January 21, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    I think Pakistan should get next coach (or at least batting coach) from India, I would love to see Rahul Dravid as Pakistan's Coach But would it be possible!!! If Waseem Akram and Waqar Younis can help Indian bowling then why not get an Indian batting coach?

  • on January 21, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    thanks Dave for your service to Pakistan. It's very hard to do job in country like Pakistan where people believe in relationships and politics more than work ethics and discipline.

    Language was huge barrier between you and Pakistani fans.

    I wish you best of luck

  • on January 21, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Whatmore was fully involved with Pakistani team. He felt the pinch and pain of Pakistan victories and losses. He's a committed man. Thoroughly committed. I cannot forget how uneasy he felt in the dressing room when West Indies tied almost a lost game. That showed how serious Whatmore takes his game and assignment. He created a fantastic chemistry with Misbah and co. I hope he remain successful. Good luck to him.

  • on January 21, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Good guy. and indeed a good coach. Results for pakistan during his tenure were mixed. especially in test arena. Inconsistency was not addresses. But in limited overs, he did very well. and ended with bang. This test win was remarkable, Win 1st odi series in SA and win against SL

    A bit disappointed at times when we dont see any improvements in batting etc. And being a coach it was his responsibility to address if there are any dressing room issues if there were any when team was going no where in 2013.

    Anyway overall very much good tenure if not best. Better than previous few coaches. Team looked a bit settled during these 2 years. No major controversies .

    Pak found many new guys during these 2 years. so if we are criticizing him for failures then we should also praise for achievements. Team policy is made by Manager-coach-captain so all credit/criticism should go to all.

    I wish him good luck for whatever he plans to do next. May be PCB can retain him for under 19 teams or academy

  • Nadeemusman on January 21, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Thank you Dav Whatmore for your good coaching and finding such a huge amount of talent for Pakistan in all three formats of the game. Good luck and may you succeed more in life. We will always remember you. From a Pakistani.

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    What is actually PCB wish for???Whatmore makes the team far better than the previous.And he surely will strengthen Pakistan team more with proportion of time.But the impatient PCB is not going to happen this!

  • drnaveed on January 21, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    well done DEV. yes ,we definitely need you ,though in some other capacity as you have said.it is very difficult to train our players,you did your part of the job.though, the results you got were not really upto your standards or even upto our standards , but you gave your 100 percent effort, which was visible.our batting is shaky always , even when we had players of the caliber of majid khan , sadiq muhammad , zaheer abbas , mushtaq muhammad ,asif iqbal ,to name a few. weak against swing bowling on foreign pitches , getting out caught by the wk or in the slips . we had great batting legends like hanif, javed , inzi ,m.yousuf ,younus etc. So, is our fielding , its always has been our weak point. whereas ,in bowling we are always blessed up by the GOD, we had likes of fazal ,imran ,sarfaraz ,waseem ,waqar ,shoaib ,and the present string of fast bowlers.we also had and have a number of great spin bowlers among our ranks ,likes of intekhab ,qadir ,iqbal ,tauseef ,saqlain ,mushtaq, saeed.

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    He has certainly brough stability to the side and now when he's leaving in all three formats pakistan team is much more stable then in comparison to the past decade insha allah and credit is certainly due to the will and the coaching decisions and technique applied by Dev Whatmore.

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Excellent Series Outcome for pak with the exciting thriller win and whatmore excellent coach! Best of luck for both.

  • Rajeshj on January 21, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    From an Indian's point of view, I think Dav has done a fantastic job.. much better than what his predecessors could do.. He has brought in new faces and transformed the team from a set of under performers to a team brimming with new and exciting talent.. Its a job well done and the next coach has a stiff task in sustaining the improvements shown by Dav.. Top show Dav..

  • first_slip on January 21, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    to be honest He is not a great coach, he won a world cup with SL because of the talent of the team, he is Sinking ship really

  • ZeeshanAdeel on January 21, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Thank you Dav for your services and guidance to Pakistan Cricket..

  • dreamliner on January 21, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Congratulations Dave on a job well done; coaching one of the most talented and interesting sides in the world through their transition to date must have been a great experience. Definite progress which I hope continues. Best of luck.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on January 21, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    He reminded me of a jolly, rolly polly Uncle at a wedding. Sat in the corner, eating all the food, with a big smile on his face, but not actually doing much. I suspect Misbah coached the team more than him over the last two years. But good luck with the future and hopefully he'll be involved with Pakistan cricket in some capacity in the future. He's a good man.

  • on January 21, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Whatmore got a lot of unprecedented stick in my honest opinion, made to be a scapegoat to justify the poor performance of the Pakistan side. At the end of the day he's been in control when Junaid Khan has flourished, and hopefully will get the credit for giving the likes of Anwar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood and Mohammad Talha the chance that they deserve. Good luck for the future!

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  • on January 21, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Whatmore got a lot of unprecedented stick in my honest opinion, made to be a scapegoat to justify the poor performance of the Pakistan side. At the end of the day he's been in control when Junaid Khan has flourished, and hopefully will get the credit for giving the likes of Anwar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood and Mohammad Talha the chance that they deserve. Good luck for the future!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on January 21, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    He reminded me of a jolly, rolly polly Uncle at a wedding. Sat in the corner, eating all the food, with a big smile on his face, but not actually doing much. I suspect Misbah coached the team more than him over the last two years. But good luck with the future and hopefully he'll be involved with Pakistan cricket in some capacity in the future. He's a good man.

  • dreamliner on January 21, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Congratulations Dave on a job well done; coaching one of the most talented and interesting sides in the world through their transition to date must have been a great experience. Definite progress which I hope continues. Best of luck.

  • ZeeshanAdeel on January 21, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Thank you Dav for your services and guidance to Pakistan Cricket..

  • first_slip on January 21, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    to be honest He is not a great coach, he won a world cup with SL because of the talent of the team, he is Sinking ship really

  • Rajeshj on January 21, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    From an Indian's point of view, I think Dav has done a fantastic job.. much better than what his predecessors could do.. He has brought in new faces and transformed the team from a set of under performers to a team brimming with new and exciting talent.. Its a job well done and the next coach has a stiff task in sustaining the improvements shown by Dav.. Top show Dav..

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Excellent Series Outcome for pak with the exciting thriller win and whatmore excellent coach! Best of luck for both.

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    He has certainly brough stability to the side and now when he's leaving in all three formats pakistan team is much more stable then in comparison to the past decade insha allah and credit is certainly due to the will and the coaching decisions and technique applied by Dev Whatmore.

  • drnaveed on January 21, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    well done DEV. yes ,we definitely need you ,though in some other capacity as you have said.it is very difficult to train our players,you did your part of the job.though, the results you got were not really upto your standards or even upto our standards , but you gave your 100 percent effort, which was visible.our batting is shaky always , even when we had players of the caliber of majid khan , sadiq muhammad , zaheer abbas , mushtaq muhammad ,asif iqbal ,to name a few. weak against swing bowling on foreign pitches , getting out caught by the wk or in the slips . we had great batting legends like hanif, javed , inzi ,m.yousuf ,younus etc. So, is our fielding , its always has been our weak point. whereas ,in bowling we are always blessed up by the GOD, we had likes of fazal ,imran ,sarfaraz ,waseem ,waqar ,shoaib ,and the present string of fast bowlers.we also had and have a number of great spin bowlers among our ranks ,likes of intekhab ,qadir ,iqbal ,tauseef ,saqlain ,mushtaq, saeed.

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    What is actually PCB wish for???Whatmore makes the team far better than the previous.And he surely will strengthen Pakistan team more with proportion of time.But the impatient PCB is not going to happen this!