Saeed Ajmal apologises for controversial remarks about Dav Whatmore

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“I immediately went up to Dav and apologised and explained the context and circumstances in which I made certain remarks”

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has issued an apology over the controversial remarks he made about head coach Dav Whatmore.

Whatmore tweeted his anger towards Ajmal’s comments, upon where the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) immediately told the spinner to meet with Whatmore and clear the air.

“I immediately went up to Dav and apologised and explained the context and circumstances in which I made certain remarks,” Ajmal said in a PCB media release. “Dav has worked tirelessly with the Pakistan team and it would be extremely unfair not to recognise his services. I enjoy very good relations with Dav and am hopeful of continuing this in the coming series.”

Since Whatmore took over as head coach in 2012, Pakistan have yet to win a Test series.

Whatmore recently described Pakistan’s second Test defeat to Zimbabwe as “embarrassing, upsetting and disappointing”.

When asked if Pakistan would be better off with a local coach, Ajmal said: “There is no difference, just that we are paying more to him, otherwise there is no difference. Waqar [Younis] handled us better. He used to stress on fitness and he used to say that if your fitness is good then you are 80% okay on the ground, but if it’s only 20% then you cannot do anything on the ground.

“Mohsin [Khan] did well. He would scold in front [of the team] if anyone is not taking wickets or a batsman is not scoring, irrespective of if he is senior or junior. If a junior was not performing then he would say that if you don’t, then you will not be able to keep your place.

“Dav is a foreign coach, he doesn’t know our language much, but he is a coach and has done coaching for various countries and has helped other teams win, he is not that bad. We had our coaches, we have our language.”

With Pakistan’s Test series against South Africa just two days away, Ajmal noted that the entire team had to pull their own weight in order to ensure they don’t get whitewashed 3-0 again, like they did in February when they toured South Africa.

“I am not saying that I am not satisfied, he is a good coach and helped Sri Lanka lift the World Cup,” Ajmal added. “I am happy in every situation, if there is trouble then it’s okay, I laugh and smile and even if there are hard times then it is inevitable, this is my lifestyle … I don’t have any problems [with] who is coming in as coach and, for me, more important is what reaction he has on my performance. He helps us get everything on what the batsmen are doing wrong. He tells us instantly what we have to do. He can’t go [on to] the field. His job is to tell us what to do.”

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