February 22, 2012

Former Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram has backed Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to bring in Dav Whatmore as a full time head coach of the national team, and feels the appointment, if made, will be a step in the right direction.

After deliberating for more than four months, PCB has finally decided to appoint Whatmore as the head coach of national team, replacing interim coach Mohsin Khan. Khan, the former PCB chief selector, had taken over as interim coach after Waqar Younis stepped down from the role in September last year, citing health and family issues. Since then he has led Pakistan in successful series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and a 3-0 Test series whitewash of England last month.

Khan is desperate to continue with the national team as the full time head coach, but PCB is interested in bringing a foreigner for the post and Australia’s Dav Whatmore is the front runner for the coveted position.

“Coaching is not just about skill and experience. It is about man-management as well, which Dav is very good at,” said the pace bowling veteran, Wasim Akram while speaking to media reporters on Saturday.

“He will instill discipline and extract the best out of our players. From my experience of working with him at Kolkata Knight Riders, I can definitely vouch for him,” he added further.

The cricketer turned commentator hoped Whatmore’s experience of working in the sub-continent would help him adjust quickly with the Men in Green. He further added that the Australian’s association with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka cricket boards adds value to his credentials and stature.

Akram, 45, however praised the interim coach Mohsin Khan, and insisted that his contribution to the team during the short tenure should not go unnoticed.

“Given the circumstances in which Mohsin took over, he has done a remarkable job,” said the former pacer who is in Australia these days for commentating duty. “It is not easy to handle a side, knowing well that you may not be around for too long. I think handing him the role of selector is a wise move,” he added further.

Whatmore, the former Sri Lankan coach, is likely to take over the role ahead of next month’s Asia Cup.

Courtesy: BETTER.COM

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