Whatmore has no plans to leave
National Coach Dav Whatmore said he has not received any offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board to join the Pakistan team as their coach and neither is he interested in any other country except Bangladesh at the moment.
A number of websites on Thursday reported that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is keen replace Javed Miandad, the current Pakistan coach, with the successful Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore.
“Hot news, is it not,” exclaimed the Sri Lankan-born Australian to New Age. “But honestly, I have not received any such offer till date and neither am I thinking about the other things at the moment. Right now, my mind and energy belongs to Bangladesh cricket and I want to give all my effort to the Bangladesh team,” added Whatmore.
When asked whether he would like to take a coaching job with the Pakistan team, considered one of the most volatile posts in world cricket, Whatmore said, as a contracted coach of Bangladesh he was not thinking about any other country at this point of time.
“I will not name any country that I would like to be the coach. My contract will end on 31 May 2005 and only then will I think about my future,” said Whatmore.
Cricket Committee Chairman of BCB Mahbubul Anam also stated that Whatmore did not receive any offers from PCB.
He also informed that BCB could extend the contract with Whatmore to 2007, for the World Cup, as it is mentioned in the agreement. Moreover, BCB is actually looking forward to it as Whatmore has proven himself invaluable to the side.
A number of websites on Thursday quoted a reliable source relating to the PCB, that the Pakistan cricket chiefs were interested in hiring Whatmore, who earlier helped Sri Lanka win the World Cup in 1996, and also helped Bangladesh resurrect their waning fortunes. The source said, “PCB thinks Miandad had been given enough time to prove himself as national coach but failed in that aspect.”
“Furthermore, he is unwilling to accept any responsibility whatsoever for Pakistan’s poor showing against India, and that his techno-phobic style of coaching had tipped the scale,” added the source.
PCB alleged that Miandad had opposed the idea of making more use of computer technology and felt having a computer analyst served no purpose. A few websites went further writing that Bangladesh coach Whatmore is regarded with great respect in Pakistan cricket circles and PCB is interested to appoint him for Pakistan team in the next few months if Whatmore is interested.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh cricket Board is very pleased with the Australian coach after successful tours of Australia, Pakistan and Zimbabwe where Bangladesh performed competitively alongside a one-day victory against Zimbabwe after a five-year drought.