Pakistan in West Indies 2013 July 5, 2013

Whatmore promises Pakistan will fight harder

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Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has said that his side will show more fight when they tour West Indies for the five ODIs and two Twenty20s later this month. Speaking to the media on sidelines of a practice session in Lahore, Whatmore also outlined Umar Akmal's role in the squad.

"We have to do better," Whatmore said, on the sidelines of an extensive practice session with the batsmen in Lahore. "The result in England was very painful for everyone and we all understand that we didn't do our best, now we really want to turn things around. We are focused and looking forward to what we have next and want to do much better. I can't guarantee a win but what I can guarantee is that we will fight very hard to win."

Pakistan dropped their full-time wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, replacing him with his brother Umar and naming Mohammad Rizwan as a backup wicketkeeper. Umar has kept wicket in seven ODIs and the selectors have hinted at his dual role as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

"Everybody had an opinion that to pick a side that can explore opportunities, we would need a wicketkeeper who is also a full-time batsman," Whatmore said. "We will be working with Umar to ensure he gets as much practice as he can to become a player who can fulfill both roles. We have seen this with South Africa, this is also what Rahul Dravid did for India years ago. So we need to understand what we are trying to achieve with this and we have to be patient after giving him a chance."

The last time Pakistan toured West Indies in 2011, they were up against a depleted side without Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard. Pakistan managed to draw the two-Test series 1-1, won the five-match ODI series 3-2 and lost the only T20 by seven runs. Things are different this time round. The hosts are a much stronger side, while Pakistan are seeking form after their Champions Trophy debacle. Whatmore acknowledged that West Indies were a much stronger side since the last tour, but also pointed out their tendency to lose quick wickets.

"They have steadily improved since 2011 and they have a good set of one-day players," Whatmore said. "We are aware about our limitations and theirs as well, and we have to really fight this out. Despite being a good side, we have seen evidence of their team losing a lot of wickets. We need to put pressure on them with our bowling."

The Pakistan side has four fast bowlers with two full-time spinners. While Whatmore said that the bowling was strong enough to overcome the deficiencies of the batting order, the batsmen still needed to score runs for Pakistan to be able to beat the hosts.

"To win a 50-over game, obviously you need both departments clicking. You might not need to take all 10 wickets to win a match but the more wickets you take, the better your chance of restricting the run rate. Obviously, we need to make more runs against them and batting, along with good fielding, is very important to make a difference."

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

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  • hamqad on July 8, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Here are my 2 cents. The inclusion of Shahzad, Rizwan, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail and Hammad Azam is encouraging; bringing Afridi back is a step backwards. I'd rather have Hammad in both formats. Also, not sure why Raza Hasan is being overlooked in favor of a much older, and much less versatile Babar.

    I'd love to see Sohail and Shahzad get a consistent run in the starting 11. Sohail has been in and out for a while, without even getting a look in. Its extremely unfortunate. I feel the kid deserves his debut and an extended run in the starting 11. Shahzad on the other hand has shown glimpses of what he can do, yet he has been discarded all too easily in the past. He reminds me of a young Sehwaq. I would also like to see Rizwan get the gloves. Umar Akmal is not a natural keeper. He is error prone, and these errors can impact him mentally. That might not bode well for his batting, when we already know he needs to get his head straight.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 7, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    WIN or lose, you must play Haris Sohail in all the matches. He should be given all the chances he needs to show his talent. No use taking them with you and let them sit on sidelines or put them to sword of T20 to begin with.

  • aarifboy on July 7, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Afridi and Haffeez are similar kind of all-rounders'. Shoaib Malik is third one, Pak must pick only one of these into their eleven to support Ajmal. Abdul Razzaq is a different and good option but it seems selectors don't like him

  • BloodBeat on July 6, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    IF Pakistan really want to win then they should make AT LEAST 230+ so that there bowlers have something to bowl at.They should not play defensively as the top order usually does which,after the fall of a couple of quick wickets,puts pressure on the middle order who then perform poorly which results in a low score

  • Captainman on July 6, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Pakistan is an old declining team. Don't be surprised if teams like Ireland and Bangladesh surpass them soon once the transition takes place.

  • Dannymania on July 6, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    I honestly believe that if the pakistani management gives Mr Whatmore the power to do whatever he wants to do,to train these pakistani players,The Pakistani team will do their best.And then,they wont be easy to beat.But the problem is that,the pakistani management is not interested in that.

  • on July 6, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Playing XI For 1st Odi Is Jamshed A Shazad M Hafeez Misbah Ul Haq Asad Shafiq Umer Akmal Shahid Afridi Saeed Ajmal Asad Ali Junaid Khan M Irfan

  • Mohammad-Ali on July 6, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    1. Nasir Jamshed, 2. Ahmed Shahzad, 3.Hafeez, 4. Umer Akmal, 5. Asad Shafiq, 6. Misbah, 7. Afridi and rest bolwers. With these numbers (if they play well) 300+ chase would not be a problem. However, bolwers hardly allow the team to reach 300+.

  • on July 6, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    I would like to see

    Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shahzad (Opening) Azhar Ali (1 down) Asad Shafiq (2 down) Misbah ul Haq (3 down) Umar Akmal (4 down) Shahid Afridi (5 down) and then rest of the bowlers 8. Junaid Khan 9. Mohammad Irfan 10. Wahab Riaz 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • malepas on July 6, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Couple of abservations to make,,it is essential that ur wicket keeper should enjoy the job he is doing,we know in past Umer never liked to become wicketkeeper,,so thrusting him with this job may not be a good idea as he is one of the best young bat Pak have,,we all know Adnan is very good keeper and improving batsman, so long term solution is make him test and ODI keeper, 2nd,,we have 3 left arm pacers which makes this very one sided bowling attack,,I think we should put Asad ali in the mix to make the attack all round. Not happy that Hammad is not in ODI team,,Team from this lot,,Nasir-Shahzad-Hafeez-Misbah-Umar-Harris-Afridi-Asad-Ajmal-Junaid-Irfan.

  • hamqad on July 8, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Here are my 2 cents. The inclusion of Shahzad, Rizwan, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail and Hammad Azam is encouraging; bringing Afridi back is a step backwards. I'd rather have Hammad in both formats. Also, not sure why Raza Hasan is being overlooked in favor of a much older, and much less versatile Babar.

    I'd love to see Sohail and Shahzad get a consistent run in the starting 11. Sohail has been in and out for a while, without even getting a look in. Its extremely unfortunate. I feel the kid deserves his debut and an extended run in the starting 11. Shahzad on the other hand has shown glimpses of what he can do, yet he has been discarded all too easily in the past. He reminds me of a young Sehwaq. I would also like to see Rizwan get the gloves. Umar Akmal is not a natural keeper. He is error prone, and these errors can impact him mentally. That might not bode well for his batting, when we already know he needs to get his head straight.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 7, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    WIN or lose, you must play Haris Sohail in all the matches. He should be given all the chances he needs to show his talent. No use taking them with you and let them sit on sidelines or put them to sword of T20 to begin with.

  • aarifboy on July 7, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Afridi and Haffeez are similar kind of all-rounders'. Shoaib Malik is third one, Pak must pick only one of these into their eleven to support Ajmal. Abdul Razzaq is a different and good option but it seems selectors don't like him

  • BloodBeat on July 6, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    IF Pakistan really want to win then they should make AT LEAST 230+ so that there bowlers have something to bowl at.They should not play defensively as the top order usually does which,after the fall of a couple of quick wickets,puts pressure on the middle order who then perform poorly which results in a low score

  • Captainman on July 6, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Pakistan is an old declining team. Don't be surprised if teams like Ireland and Bangladesh surpass them soon once the transition takes place.

  • Dannymania on July 6, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    I honestly believe that if the pakistani management gives Mr Whatmore the power to do whatever he wants to do,to train these pakistani players,The Pakistani team will do their best.And then,they wont be easy to beat.But the problem is that,the pakistani management is not interested in that.

  • on July 6, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Playing XI For 1st Odi Is Jamshed A Shazad M Hafeez Misbah Ul Haq Asad Shafiq Umer Akmal Shahid Afridi Saeed Ajmal Asad Ali Junaid Khan M Irfan

  • Mohammad-Ali on July 6, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    1. Nasir Jamshed, 2. Ahmed Shahzad, 3.Hafeez, 4. Umer Akmal, 5. Asad Shafiq, 6. Misbah, 7. Afridi and rest bolwers. With these numbers (if they play well) 300+ chase would not be a problem. However, bolwers hardly allow the team to reach 300+.

  • on July 6, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    I would like to see

    Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shahzad (Opening) Azhar Ali (1 down) Asad Shafiq (2 down) Misbah ul Haq (3 down) Umar Akmal (4 down) Shahid Afridi (5 down) and then rest of the bowlers 8. Junaid Khan 9. Mohammad Irfan 10. Wahab Riaz 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • malepas on July 6, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Couple of abservations to make,,it is essential that ur wicket keeper should enjoy the job he is doing,we know in past Umer never liked to become wicketkeeper,,so thrusting him with this job may not be a good idea as he is one of the best young bat Pak have,,we all know Adnan is very good keeper and improving batsman, so long term solution is make him test and ODI keeper, 2nd,,we have 3 left arm pacers which makes this very one sided bowling attack,,I think we should put Asad ali in the mix to make the attack all round. Not happy that Hammad is not in ODI team,,Team from this lot,,Nasir-Shahzad-Hafeez-Misbah-Umar-Harris-Afridi-Asad-Ajmal-Junaid-Irfan.

  • half_blood-prince on July 6, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    when will pak. leave part time keepers.?umar is not great with batting and they gave him wicketkeeping-now he will drop the catches and due to that pressure score ducks.and inclusion of afridi will domoralize new talent.

  • on July 6, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Nothing will happen with such type of routine changes and practices

  • on July 6, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Score 240 and Leave it to Ajmal and Co..

  • on July 6, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Hammad Azam should be in the ODI team aslo.

  • on July 6, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Nasir,Ahmed,Hafeez,Shafiq,Umer,Misbah,Afridi,Wahab,Ajmal,junaid,Irfan Top order needs to work together build a partnerships build a strong confidence for 2015 WC

  • on July 6, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    A lot of people don't understand is that Hafeez is a great batsman who just struggled in England and South Africa. I think my line up would be: 1.A.Shezad 2.N.Jamshed 3. M.Hafeez 4. Umar Akmal/Azhar Ali/Asad Shafiq/Haris Sohail 5. Misbah Ul Haq 6. Haris Sohail/Umar Akmal 7.S.Afrdi 8. A.Razzaq 9.S.Ajmal 10. J.Khan 11. M.Irfan 12. Asad Ali

  • reason-galore on July 6, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    my team is

    ahmed shehzad nasir jamshed umar akmal asad shafiq/haris sohail misbah muhammad hafeez(that is all he deserves... so called 1 down batsman) afridi wahab riaz saeed ajmal junaid irfan

    maybe haris sohail in place of hafeez...the dude really cannot bat AT ALL and he is only a bowler... his batting is no better than afridi and takes a million more balls too

  • on July 6, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    1: nasir 2: ahmed shehzad 3: hafeez 4: umer akmal 5: misbah 6: haris sohail 7: afridi 8: ajmal 9: irfan 10: junaid 11: wahab riaz

  • on July 6, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    We as a nation have to develop crickting sense as well , shahid afridi is just a bowler he is not a cricketer picking him up will never bring any improvement in pakistan cricket, we have a brittle batting line up and after adding afridi we become more volatile, he was dropped when he was performing a bit better now he is selected on which grounds? has he scored some centuries in domestic cricket? PCB should elminate the pool of players they have , and stop the policy of " if you dont then he , and if he doesnt then you" . Our cricket has gone down and if sincere people doesnt come our cricket will be worst then ever.

  • on July 6, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    good sides dont keep part time keepers, either find some one with keeping & batting skills or just train your keepers to bat proper. the famous saying that everyone says every now and theb "CATCHES WIN MATCHES" keeper's job is to keep wickets give bowlers every chance to pick up wickets. if your 5 batsman cant score runs then u shouldnt be relying im the keeper alone. if pakistan wabts to build for future they have to take some bold steps and not to be scared of dropping the super stars. any how i would like to see on tge field from current available guys. A SHEHZAD N JAMSHED A SHAFIQ U AKMAL MISBAH HAFEEZ AFRIDI M RIZWAN GUL JUNAID AJMAL IRFAN

  • on July 6, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    i guess Pakistan will never learn Umar Akmal is not a full time wicket keeper so should not keep as he dropped simple chances which regular wicket keeper would take in England series in UAE and Pakistan lost matches and Umar should bat up the order no. 3 or 4.

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    i do hope that rizwan gets a chance in playing 11 along with haris and hammad (t20). we should see what rizwan can do. umar might be a part time keeper but long term solution is a full time keeper.

    Regarding hafeez and some comments. he has been poor recently. form or politics, no idea. but his bowling option is way better . and his record since 2012 isnt that bad. i think if he bats down the order he will perform better. in WI he may not find it that difficult like SA & England. these may be less dangerous pitches.

    and yes if not performing he should be dropped but not for kamran or afridi like @faisal rafiq said or some others say . his record is better than both kamran/afridi in past 2 years. should be dropped for some better option.

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Umar Akmal (4) Umar Amin (5)Misbah (6)Harish Sohail (7) Hafeez (8) Afridi(9) wahab riaz (10) Junaid (11) Irfan

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Batting- 1.Nazir 2.ahmed 3.umar 4.amin 5.misbah 6.harris 7.hafees 8.afridi 9.wahab 10.junaid 11.irfan Bowling- 3 fast(junaid,irfan,wahab) 1 medium(amin) 1 leg sipin(afridi) 1 off spin(hafees) wk-umar

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    im my opinion whatmore should be removed as coach ebcause when Mohsin khan was there Pakistan team played really well and likes of Shoaib malik , k.akmal , imran farhat should be given full time leave my playing 11 would be 1) Mohammad Hafeez 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Azhar Ali 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Misbah 6) Mohammad Rizwan 7) Umar akmal 8) Shahid Afridi 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan

  • on July 6, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    This is very good decision

  • on July 6, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Pakistan just need to bat better and agreasively while fielding has to improve Lot of expectations from Afrdi and umar akmal and umar amin 1Ahmed 2Jamshed 3Hafeez 4 Misbah 5 U.akmal 6A.shafiq 7U.amin 8Afridi 9 ajmal10 Junaid 11 Irfan 12 Haris

  • on July 6, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    I think there is no place for hafeez. Kamran is much better opener then hafeez . And umar akmal should be play at no 3 . U can also try afridi as opener specialy in t20 format.hafeez's average is 26 and strike rate is 68 in Odi . How could he remain top order spot for last three years . I don't understand. Plz drop this proudy player and save pak cricket .

  • on July 6, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Hafeez and others like K Akmal, Malik and a few others are playing badly to oust the Captain. Hafeez should be given his marching orders like the rest of the ungrateful lot. I say now like I have always said there is no place for politics in cricket. Hafeez out and bring in new blood for 2015 WC, don't u think we have been humiliated enough in the CT?

  • on July 6, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    I don't understand why PCB doesn't realize this simple fact. You guys need to let the youngsters take over. If the PCB is planning to have Misbah for the 2015 WC, then promote him to No.3 , and give Umar Akmal the No. 4 spot. Afridi / Razzaq need to play, depending on their form / pitch. Hammad Azam needs to be a permanent fixture.

    ODI

    Openers (1 / 2) : Jamshed, Haris / Kamran

    One Down (3) : Misbah

    Middle Order (4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 ) : Umar - Asad / Amin - Hammad - Razzaq / Afridi - Wahab/Anwar

    Tail Enders (9/10/11) : Ajmal - Junaid - Irfan

    12th : Raza Hasan / some new fast bowler to be used as replacements for Ajmal and fast bowlers depending on their form / availability / opposition (Asians read Ajmal better)

  • huhohuhohuho on July 5, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    I really respect misbah I think he is a great player but his future in the team is pretty bleak as he is 39 years old and he may retire before 2015 wc and then pak will not be able to get a good replacement so I think in this series we should play without misbahand test hafeez's captaincy in odis and bring in youngsters like rizwan haris and sohaib. My 11 would be nasir, shehzad, hafeez, shafiq, haris, umar, rizwan, amin/wahab, ajmal, irfan and junaid. Backups would be sohaib, misbah, asad and afridi.

  • on July 5, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Winning against india was no surprise as that indian side at that time was weak . Match against south africa was eye-opener and main problem is trying the tested batsman's who dont deliver from sometime , like hafeez ,farhat ,kamran etc and second the need isnt a team full of spinner's but a reliable team batting order that can score atleast 270 with ease. If the selection cant seem to address whom are the batsman who can actually play with the thing called "bat" then please read on the lucky batsman list draw winners . Hammad Azam, Mohammad Yusuf, Abdul Razaq, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Sharjeel Khan, Misbah ul haq , Ahmad Shehzad, Umar Amin , Fawad Alam . Lastly go with aim to win by batting strategy & side rather going defensive by trying tactics to win with bowling otherwise how you will ever improve your batting compartment and if you dont improve then you can either win by thrillers with low margins wins or loose and that cant be considered as a good team or selection.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 5, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Rizwan should be tried as a full time wicket keeper batsman in ODI,s and Test Matches. Side i would like to see playing is

    (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Misbah (4) Harish Sohail (5) Umar Akmal (6) M. Rizwan (7) Hafeez (8) Ajmal/ Rehman (9) Asad Ali (10) Junaid (11) Irfan...... ............ (12) Asad Shafeeq (13) wahab riaz { Raza Hassan, Ehsan Adil, Azhar ali }

    Pakistan must give a good long time to settle nasir jamshed, ahmad shahzad, haris sohail, umar akmal, M. Rizwan.. you can add asad shafeeq and azhar in this as they are batting future for Pakistan.

  • wrenx on July 5, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @t20cric yes, you're right, in my haste vent on Whatmore, I missed that.he's probably correct about WI, but that seems to be the only thing he's got right

  • t20cric on July 5, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    @irishwolfhound: I think he was saying WI have steadily improved since 2011 because that's when Pak last toured WI. Notice that he says THEY and not WE.

  • Smiling on July 5, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    The strain of no home games, betting scandals and ageing stars must be taking its toll. Betcha these guys just want to play cricket, but politics rules.....times past were good days? You bet...3 yrs ago cricket for Pakistan changed for the worse and it's been in decline ever since. Can only pray Whatmore's influence can help turn the whole mess around. He's straight, clean and a damn good coach. Shame he's not a selector.

  • RANA1610 on July 5, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    If there is Hafeez, no hope to win. I repeatedly saying.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on July 5, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Whatmore is a coach living on past glories .... Come on theres the language barrier not to mention umar akmal doesnt know a word of english so whatmore talks to him through a translator which is a bit iffy. I personally think whatmore is to soft on the players and doesnt really have much of a say. And to be a succsesful coach in pakistan you need to have power and respect in front of the players (and the board)

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team in the last 12 months, not counting the minnows.

    ODIs: Won-5 Lost-11 ODIs Series: Won-1 Lost-4 and kicked out of CT in the first round without a win.

    Tests: Won-0 Lost-4 Drawn-2 Test Series: Won-0 Lost-2

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Anosh, we didn't just do badly in CT. Under Whatmore we have won only 12 ODI and lost 13. 4 of the wins came against Bangladesh (2), Scotland (1) and Ireland (1). We got humiliated in South Africa and Sri Lanka in both Test and ODI series. And also lost to Australia in ODI series in UAE.

    We have not won a single test match under his tenure. He can't seem to to recognize young talent (i.e. Fawad Alam and Sadaf Hussain). And his latest comment was, ""I would be very surprised if you say that we would win in South Africa." This is his mindset. And he is saying don't judge him by his win-loss ratio.

    Pathetic.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 5, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Pakistan were at their best when mohsin khan,waqar and intikhab alam were coaches so I think in future we should appoint pakistani coaches. We should make use of the services of pakistani legends like inzamam, miandad, zaheer and yousuf.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 5, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Pakistan were at their best when mohsin khan,waqar and intikhab alam were coaches so I think in future we should appoint pakistani coaches. We should make use of the services of pakistani legends like inzamam, miandad, zaheer and yousuf.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on July 5, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Lets see if they manage to select best playing XI as that will decide if Pakistan have a chance against T20 champions.

  • on July 5, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Diasgree with irishwolfhound. Sir, under Whatmore we have been able to win the Asia cup and defeat India in their own homeland. We only showed the poor show in CT and that's it. It happens in Cricket.

  • wrenx on July 5, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Also, who's he kidding that we've "steadily improved since 2011?" 2011/early 2012 was the high point for this team, they've only gone downhill since then, pretty much exactly since he took over

  • wrenx on July 5, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    I'm incredulous that we're hearing from Whatmore now. Being the coach of the Pakistan team isn't the easiest gig in international cricket, but the team has gone seriously backwards under him. I wonder, what is t he's actually doing? Selection, fielding, batting - nothing seems to have been altered or improved. Our bowlers are as good as ever, but Whatmore hasn't exactly followed Waqar and Mohsin well, they both did far better with pretty much the exact same group of players.

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  • wrenx on July 5, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    I'm incredulous that we're hearing from Whatmore now. Being the coach of the Pakistan team isn't the easiest gig in international cricket, but the team has gone seriously backwards under him. I wonder, what is t he's actually doing? Selection, fielding, batting - nothing seems to have been altered or improved. Our bowlers are as good as ever, but Whatmore hasn't exactly followed Waqar and Mohsin well, they both did far better with pretty much the exact same group of players.

  • wrenx on July 5, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Also, who's he kidding that we've "steadily improved since 2011?" 2011/early 2012 was the high point for this team, they've only gone downhill since then, pretty much exactly since he took over

  • on July 5, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Diasgree with irishwolfhound. Sir, under Whatmore we have been able to win the Asia cup and defeat India in their own homeland. We only showed the poor show in CT and that's it. It happens in Cricket.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on July 5, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Lets see if they manage to select best playing XI as that will decide if Pakistan have a chance against T20 champions.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 5, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Pakistan were at their best when mohsin khan,waqar and intikhab alam were coaches so I think in future we should appoint pakistani coaches. We should make use of the services of pakistani legends like inzamam, miandad, zaheer and yousuf.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 5, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Pakistan were at their best when mohsin khan,waqar and intikhab alam were coaches so I think in future we should appoint pakistani coaches. We should make use of the services of pakistani legends like inzamam, miandad, zaheer and yousuf.

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Anosh, we didn't just do badly in CT. Under Whatmore we have won only 12 ODI and lost 13. 4 of the wins came against Bangladesh (2), Scotland (1) and Ireland (1). We got humiliated in South Africa and Sri Lanka in both Test and ODI series. And also lost to Australia in ODI series in UAE.

    We have not won a single test match under his tenure. He can't seem to to recognize young talent (i.e. Fawad Alam and Sadaf Hussain). And his latest comment was, ""I would be very surprised if you say that we would win in South Africa." This is his mindset. And he is saying don't judge him by his win-loss ratio.

    Pathetic.

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team in the last 12 months, not counting the minnows.

    ODIs: Won-5 Lost-11 ODIs Series: Won-1 Lost-4 and kicked out of CT in the first round without a win.

    Tests: Won-0 Lost-4 Drawn-2 Test Series: Won-0 Lost-2

  • Chaudry_Cricket on July 5, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Whatmore is a coach living on past glories .... Come on theres the language barrier not to mention umar akmal doesnt know a word of english so whatmore talks to him through a translator which is a bit iffy. I personally think whatmore is to soft on the players and doesnt really have much of a say. And to be a succsesful coach in pakistan you need to have power and respect in front of the players (and the board)

  • RANA1610 on July 5, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    If there is Hafeez, no hope to win. I repeatedly saying.