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The failure of the national team’s batting line-up has been a common theme for Pakistan over the past year
Outgoing Pakistan head coach Dav Whatmore has announced that the national team desperately need a full-time batting coach if they are going to start showing real signs of improvement.
Whatmore has coached Pakistan for the past two years and the national team drew their last Test series against Sri Lanka by becoming the fastest side to chase down a score of 300 in Test cricket history.
“I wouldn’t know what to say about who should be appointed as head coach but definitely I would say the board needs to have a full-time batting coach with the players,” Whatmore said.
Whatmore also noted that he will not be looking to retain his job as head coach.
“No, I am not in the run because I have taken my decision,” he said. “I am leaving Pakistan with pleasant memories but with a heavy heart. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the team although it was a challenging task at most times.”
Whatmore also believes that wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal can go on to become one of the best players Pakistan have ever produced.
When asked about the ‘position paper’ the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia are trying to pass, Whatmore said: “The way I look at it, such things are not brought up in the ICC without thought and whatever decision is made by the PCB on this issue I am sure it will benefit Pakistan cricket.”
He added that his tenure as head coach should not be solely judged on the national team’s results.
“Sometimes these things don’t tell the whole story,” he said. “I would say we had some brilliant highs but yes the failure to win a single match in the Champions Trophy and the Test loss to Zimbabwe last year are big disappointments for me and Pakistan cricket.”