Didn't have any security problems in Pakistan: Dav Whatmore

Published: April 23, 2012
It would have been the icing on the cake to have beaten India and go on to win the cup, says Whatmore. PHOTO: AFP

It would have been the icing on the cake to have beaten India and go on to win the cup, says Whatmore. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team coach Dav Whatmore, while expressing disappointment over the Bangladesh team’s decision to cancel its tour to Pakistan over security issues, said on Sunday that he did not have any problems in terms of security for the two months that he had spent in Lahore.

“From my point of view … I was born in Sri Lanka and lived through a civil war there and I am now staying in Lahore for the last two months where I have been moving around freely and I don’t have any problems in terms of security and if I knew more areas in Lahore I would be visiting more of Lahore,” said Whatmore.

He said that by the end of the first week of May, a selection committee will be looking at certain players and will make a final selection for the “next engagement” by the end of May.

“Boys who are based in Lahore are still working pretty hard which is a good thing, it’s not a competition phase yet but they are working pretty well.”

“Once it is known to the people of the world that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning on Pakistan Premier League (PPL), I am sure there will be a lot of international cricketers who will be looking that their schedules to see when they are available to come and enjoy playing in Pakistan for a couple of weeks,” said the coach.

Intikhab Alam, the PCB director of international cricket and a former national coach, said that the national selection committee has decided to hold a trial for six days to select 75 under-19 players. The selection process will start on April, 27.

“The process will be done in three phases. The idea is to show Whatmore and [Pakistan’s Specialist Fielding Coach] Julien Fountain the talent we have and also because we have to announce 30 players for the under-19 World Cup, which will be played in Malaysia.

Alam said that on the request of Whatmore, PCB was inviting 11 fast bowlers and that he will be looking after them. He also said that the board wanted to enhance the bench strength.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Chilli
    Apr 23, 2012 - 4:54PM

    Even then, officials should take extra care and set up some security protocols. We cannot afford any mishap related to coach or any other foreigners. Government should be proactive in all security related matters.


  • Aafaq
    Apr 23, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Dav Whatmore is the best in the business and it’s a blessing for Pakistan cricket team to have him. And Pakistan Premier league will be a very successful tournament.


  • Tariq
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:29PM

    Thanks coach!


  • Achukzai
    Apr 23, 2012 - 10:26PM

    PCB has a director for International Cricket????

    PCB surely knows how to waste money.


  • Abdul
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Mubashar Luqman will look like dave watmore after few years ..LOL


  • ali
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:49AM

    I really like Whatmore’s approach towards hunting and grooming talent. His priorities are clear and sound. PCB should support him wholeheartedly!!


  • curious
    Apr 24, 2012 - 4:47AM

    If Whatmore who is an immense talent is Sri Lankan he would of course have no problems assimilating in Pakistan. The reality is for most westerners there will always be a security risk coming to Pakistan. That is the sad reality for now.


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