Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has criticised current coach Dav Whatmore, holding him responsible for ‘hurting the team’s progress and balance’ before adding that the team would have shown better results if he was allowed to continue.
Mohsin had an impressive short stint as coach which included Test-series wins over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and a whitewash of England in the UAE. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided against appointing him on a full-time basis and, instead, chose Dav Whatmore as the head coach. Mohsin, however, said that the decision to replace him is not going in the team’s favour.
“The team’s progress has suffered immensely,” Mohsin told The Express Tribune. “It pains me to see the players, who had the killer instinct, fighting spirit and motivation, performing in such a way. Whatmore has disturbed the balance and the team combination with flawed selection and decisions.
“I can say with confidence that if I had continued, results would have been better because I know the players. They are not being utilised properly.”
Mohsin also launched an attack on those who appointed the foreign coach.
“There are some people who jolted Pakistan’s ascent by making the unnecessary change. Such people do not serve the country but only their vested interest. Foreign coaches have never served Pakistan well. Richard Pybus and Bob Woolmer are examples. We won the 1992 World Cup and 2009 World Twenty20 with a local at the helm. The PCB said that Whatmore’s a professional coach. A teacher doesn’t need time to teach students and should get his job done straight away, just like I did.”
‘PCB chief was misinformed about me’
The PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf said that the board repeatedly attempted to contact Mohsin but the former coach never responded. Mohsin, however, said that Ashraf was misinformed and misguided by PCB officials. “Nobody contacted me. There’s no issue of communication nowadays. The chairman must take action against these officials.”
Published In The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2012.
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