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Whatmore insists that he did not become Pakistan’s coach solely for the money
Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has been heavily criticised as of late, but he recently revealed that he “didn’t take up this job because of the money”.
“I didn’t take up this job because of the money,” he said. “I don’t want to go into details or figures but I came here taking a cut in my earnings. I accepted this job because I wanted to get back into international cricket and work with a team that I feel could achieve a lot.”
Despite reportedly earning a salary of nearly 1.6 million rupees, Whatmore noted that he remained interested in coaching Pakistan.
“I think our team can win the coming T20 World Cup and do well otherwise also,” he said. “I would like to see this team win the World Cup.”
Whatmore described his time with Pakistan as “a new experience” in comparison to his previous coaching roles.
“Lets leave it at that but this has been a new experience for me,” he said. “But one thing noticeable in Pakistan cricket is the existence of provincialism. I see one player might be popular in one city but not in another place. And this aspect dominates Pakistan cricket. In other countries one sees more nationalism in cricket.”
Whatmore also noted that he was unperturbed by all the criticism aimed at him.
“I think people have a right to their own opinion but sometimes I know where it is coming from,” he said.
The Australian also dismissed comments that Pakistan needed a local coach.
“As far as I am concerned it is a case of the best person for the job male or female, foreign or local,” he said. “I took this job because I knew I could give something to Pakistan cricket.”