Australian Dav Whatmore is all set to become Pakistans the fourth foreign cricket coach as the Australian arrived here on Friday to sign a contract with the PCB. Before Whatmore,Pakistan had Richard Pybus,Bob Woolmer and Geoff Lawson as coaches from foreign soil.
Whatmore comes highly recommended because of his past record as coach. He has been short listed by the Boards coaching committee because of his reputation as a top coach, Intikhab Alam who heads the PCB coaching committee said. Intikhab,a former Test captain who has served as selector,manager and coach with the Pakistan team made it clear that any contract with Whatmore would only be signed after he met with the Chairman of the board.
The Board officials are today away in Islamabad for an important meeting but on Saturday things should be finalized with Whatmore, he added. Besides Whatmore the PCB is also slated to sign a contract with fielding coach,Julian Fountain. Well placed PCB sources confirmed that the Board will announce the rest of the support staff including a bowling coach and also the team for the coming Asia Cup after detailed consultations with Australian-born Whatmore.
Whatmore,57,who played seven Tests for Australia before becoming a successful coach resigned few months back as coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the Indian Premier League to take up his assignment with the Pakistan team.
Whatmore was also in line for a coaching job with the national team in 2007 but at that time the PCB preferred Australian Geoff Lawson over him. The PCB decided to appoint a foreign coach after Waqar Younis had resigned as head coach last September due to personal and health reasons after being with the team since April,2010.
Junaid to miss Asia Cup
Pakistan have lost their pace spearhead,Junaid Khan for the forthcoming Asia Cup tournament after he was ruled out with a knee injury,which he picked during the recently-concluded series against England in the UAE. Junaid had sustained a torn stomach muscle last year in November during the series against Sri Lanka,which ruled him out of action for six weeks.