PCB refuse to renew Whatmore’s contract

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“I won’t deny that there is tremendous pressure to appoint a home-bred coach”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Interim Management Committee head Najam Sethi has confirmed that the board will not be renewing head coach Dav Whatmore’s contract when it expires in February 2014.

This means that Whatmore’s last assignment with the national team will be their upcoming series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates in December.

“We are not against a foreign coach,” Sethi recently said. “Our problem is, with foreign coaches our players are not able to communicate freely. The players are not that well educated when it comes to English. So there is a lot of problem in communicating with each other and they don’t understand fully.”

Since Whatmore took over in March 2012, Pakistan have only won two out of their last 10 Test matches and they have also failed to win a Test series in that period as well.

“I personally think the coach has done a decent job but his contract expires in February, so we have to seriously look at it,” Sethi told Gulf News. “In fact, I think Whatmore himself will be looking at it. I won’t deny that there is tremendous pressure to appoint a home-bred coach.”

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal recently revealed that the players were having trouble communicating with Whatmore.

“There is no difference, just that we are paying more to him, otherwise there is no difference,” Ajmal had said. “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.”

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo in September, Whatmore stated that there had to be a “mutual willingness” between him and the PCB in order for his contract to be renewed.

“When you are about to conclude your contract, these questions do emerge,” Whatmore said. “But the renewal depends on mutual willingness. I know what I do is done with the best of intentions and at the end of the day I can sleep straight, comfortably.”

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