Pakistan in West Indies 2013 July 5, 2013

Whatmore promises Pakistan will fight harder


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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  • Hammad 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.

  • shahid 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.

  • Arif 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

  • Arham 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

  • Chris 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.

  • Danish 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.

  • Android 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 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+.

  • Dummy4 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

  • TARIQ 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.

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