Pakistan news May 16, 2012

Whatmore expects tough Sri Lanka tour


Dav Whatmore, Pakistan's head coach, has said that his team will be sternly tested during their tour of Sri Lanka which begins on June 1.

The Pakistan players began a two-week conditioning camp in Lahore on Wednesday to prepare for the upcoming tour. They started with a fitness session in the morning at the National Academy and a net session at noon in Gaddafi Stadium.

With temperatures in Lahore touching 40C, Whatmore said he hoped his players would find it easy to acclimatise themselves to similar conditions in Sri Lanka. "It's pretty warm out here as well but it will be easy for us to acclimatise (to Sri Lankan conditions)," Whatmore said. "We're lucky to do a bit of work in the heat in the morning and a little bit in the afternoon.

"Some of the bowlers and batsmen have been working out in the heat to ensure we are prepared. I think we have to prepare properly for a series against a strong opposition."

Pakistan announced separate teams for each format for the upcoming tour and Whatmore said he was satisfied with the selection process.

"I am happy to see that players are being selected based on their suitability to a format. As far as leadership is concerned, it's not up to me and I will support what the PCB decides."

He also backed the inexperienced players selected for the tour. "There are one or two changes in the squad and that's a good thing as by keeping exactly the same squad we would be marching on the same spot, but we must move forward all the time."

Whatmore, who has had two stints as Sri Lanka's coach in the past, said he was expecting batting-friendly pitches in Sri Lanka. "We are not expecting anything different. The limited-overs pitches [in Sri Lanka] are good for batting."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 17, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    @Asian_Crickter,plz revisit my coment as i have already shown my reservatns ovr d pak odi team,bt thankfuly in t20,with subtractn of veterans lik younis,misbah,pak would b soon restorng its repute as bst t20 time considrng newer plyrs giving there maximum to cement their place in t20

  • asithaSL on May 17, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    picking Ajmal will be d key of entire test tournament. if Mahela, Sanga n Thilan pick him, then SL is more favor, but, He is the best spinner in the world @ d moment. Love to see SL win d tournament. All da best both teams..

  • Extraz on May 17, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover...mate i agree with u on the comment about bd team but i really have to disagree with other comments,sri lanka are a tough opponent and they can be deadly in their home conditions while we are not performing well in the t20s and one days.

  • Extraz on May 17, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka is very tough opponent in their home conditions, looking forward to a great series though i want my Pak team to win but won't be disappointed if our lankan brothers wins it best of luck to both of them.@Wickyroy.paklover...agreed with u bro...!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 17, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Sorry to our lankan brothrs,frankly speaking ,by d look as two teams playd ovr few series i thnk sl stands no chance against pak in t20,tsts,howevr lankan can fancy their chances in odis at d most,bst of luck to both teams,

  • saabir786 on May 17, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    woke up whatmore plz bring some talented and youngsters in the side.what a joke when players like Mishbah,Younis,Azhar ali,Farhat,Shafiq are selected in onedayers iand ignoring the players like Shehzad,shahzaib,Imaran nazir,sharjeel,Hammad and abdul Razzak.plz plz woke up and guide the pak cricket management which is deaf and dumb

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 17, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Sorry to our lankan brothrs,frankly speaking ,by d look as two teams playd ovr few series i thnk sl stands no chance against pak in t20,tsts,howevr lankan can fancy their chances in odis at d most,bst of luck to both teams,

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 17, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    @Third_Gear,cmpetitive crickt z obviously way above ur standard,i thnk bd gettng bashd up series aftr series z what u always prefare ovr top teams,lolz,bt U R nt wrong i can undrstand bd team's miserable performance over d years have forcd u to thnk like that way

  • Third_Gear on May 17, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Totally BORinG...Ooppsssss

  • mansoor777 on May 17, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Selector always give chances to Shoiab Malik. What is the Use. he may break record of coming and going out of team. throw him out n bring mohd yusuf a quality player ( Avg 40 % in all format )

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