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“The performance didn't meet the expectations which we, as a team, wanted to put.”
“The performance didn't meet the expectations which we, as a team, wanted to put.”
-Photo by AFP
-Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said on Tuesday the team would be reviewed with an eye on building for the 2015 World Cup after their dismal showing at the Champions Trophy in England.

Abysmal batting led to Pakistan's defeat in all three matches as they failed to post a single total above 170 runs.

Pakistan's failure in the Champions Trophy has prompted calls from former players, media and fans to overhaul the system and ditch Whatmore and under-performing players.

Asked about the need to overhaul the team, Whatmore said he will give a report on the team's performance.

“The question of selection should be directed to the selectors but I will give my review, both verbal and written, perhaps (with) 2015 in mind,” Whatmore, 59, told reporters as he arrived back in Pakistan.

Whatmore accompanied Mohammad Irfan, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Nasir Jamshed and Ehsan Adil while captain Misbah-ul Haq and vice captain Mohammad Hafeez will return next week.

The former Australian batsman turned coach rejected the suggestion his players lacked in effort.

“The performance didn't meet the expectations which we, as a team, wanted to put. Obviously a lot of people in Pakistan wanted us to do well and that's why it is very disappointing,” said Whatmore, who took over as coach in March last year.

“But it wasn't a case of lack of trying, it was a case of we were unable to score enough runs in all three matches.”

Pakistan were bowled out for 170 against the West Indies, 167 against South Africa and 165 in a rain-shortened match against arch-rivals India in the Group B matches.

Only captain Misbah-ul Haq managed to hit two half-centuries while top order batsmen Hafeez, Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran flopped badly.

Pakistan's batting was also found wanting on their tour of South Africa earlier this year, where they lost all three Tests and the five-match one-day series 3-2.

Pakistan had hired Australian expert Trent Woodhill as batting consultant for the Trophy but he failed to lift the batsmen.

Pakistan's next assignment is a five one-day and two Twenty20 matches in the West Indies next month.

Comments (61) Closed

Capt C M Khan Jun 18, 2013 03:47pm

The Selectors and Coach just LEAVE US ALONE. Go earn somewhere else. Cricket is the only UNIFYING force in PAKISTAN and you all have destroyed it. Thanks but NO THANKS

Rogers Evans Jun 18, 2013 04:05pm

Let Whatmore go now. Why do you want to waste more Foreign Exchage to pay him and his cronies until WC 2015 ? Please hire a local coach and get rid of this unsuccessful and inefficient coach and his buddies.

fairy Jun 18, 2013 04:19pm

shame on whatmore! he should be sacked immediaetly. PCB should hire a local coach. we won WC 92 under a local coach. Mohsin Khan was doing fine. he should never have been replaced. PCB plz hire waqar younis, Inzi and aaqib Javed as Head Coach, Batting Coach and Bowling Coach.

Umair Jun 18, 2013 04:21pm

Pakistan Cricket is in all sort of problems. No one is sure of their place not even Chairman, Selectors, Captain, Coach or the team members. Every task is being conducted on adhoc basis.

The culture needs to be changed. Professionalism has to come in all discipline of the Board.

Maryam Jun 18, 2013 04:45pm

When one doesnot have talent and dont wanna learn, then coach cannot do anything.

Misbah Jun 18, 2013 04:58pm

The only answer to the abysmal performance by Pakistan team in ICC Champions Trophy 2013 is the lack of standardised cricket infrastructure in Pakistan. Probably, most of us have already pointed out in the past. Therefore, we are wasting time and energy blaming cricketers most of the time. Isn't it a common sense that, a strong foundation (cricket infrastructure in this case)) results in a good product (technically correct cricketers in this case)? It may be pointed out on numerous occasions but has not been implemented yet.

Why are we wasting time to drop cricketers, picking them again (when we know their limitations), changing captains and coaches after every failure, hiring foreign coaches and even hiring consultants in the wake of the tournaments? Why are we confusing ourselves, when the answer is simple and that is, Pakistan's cricket infrastructure?

Why we had so much expectations from our team for this champions trophy when we were all aware of the selection of our cricket squad for this tournament? The selection by the selection committee clearly indicated the lack of homework done by the officials, then why blame cricketers.

I believe, I have simplified Dav Whatmore's work on preparing his report - on a lighter side.

If we follow our traditions in the future, what we have done in the past and are still doing then, we will never come out of this saga. Therefore, for God's sake we have to build up a competitive cricket infrastructure and maintain it (honestly).

bilal Jun 18, 2013 06:18pm

bring in tom moody as coach in place of him !!! the team's graph is on the decline ever since he took over as coach...not a single test victory in 6 tests, 4 losses and 2 draws to be precise...and our odi record is nothing to write home about as well...time for a proper shake up !!!

M. Jawad Irshad Jun 18, 2013 06:20pm

Very upsetting Champions Trophy.. Need to revamp the whole system. All PCB should consists of loyal Pakistani who care for the game as well as the dignity of Pakistan. The way our system is right now and if it continues there wont be any fans to watch the game. What i dont understand why can't we produce coaches from our own country who will understand the players and know how to handle them. The batsmen of Pakistani team were not up to the mark. I think the senior players were more responsible than the junior. We didnt have enough senior players for these matches and Afridi is our key player. He is more productive when he have better role in the team. He takes responsibility and performs well. We have Moin Khan who have been a key player in the past and can handle the job for the coach. My last plea for the new government is to free cricket from politics and make it independent with loyalist to Pakistan and cricket. If we succeed in that everything will come back including international teams playing in pakistan. We need to "CHANGE" the system from the grass route level. Please bring new selector's for Allah sake who know how to eveluate players before selecting.

AASIM UMAR HASHMI Jun 18, 2013 06:33pm

Pakistan must get rid of these players foever:-Shahid Afridi,Shoaib Mallick,Kamran Akmal,Imran Farhat,Younis Khan,Umar Gul,Mohammed Hafeez etc. if Pakistan has to do good in World Cup-2015.These players have been given bounty of chances, but they failed again and again.Introduce some fresh blood, in national squad.

johny blue Jun 18, 2013 06:33pm

this is good idea for team pakistan. i think biggest problem is in pakistani cricket team is they do not use their potential team correctly. misbah took lots of time, so he should play as opener in team pakistan.. hafeez is very good bowler,nice fielder and average batsman. so, he should be play at 6 or 7. malik was very nice player but now he should not be in team. i think only other player is permanent in this team is ajmal. so, i think he is best choice for captain.. and then try to make team. around this.

Raja Jun 18, 2013 07:18pm

Dav Whatmore is just like pakistanis, who lives on dreams and empty promises.

Asim Jun 18, 2013 07:24pm

I think one of the issues of decline in Pakistan Cricket Team performance has to be given to lack or should i say non-existance of international cricket in the country. Teams field their young blood in home series which gives them confidence to performe well abroad. We have to try out our youngsters in alien conditions where no matter how good you are is quite difficult. Look at Umar Amin. Poor chap started his international career in England in 2010 where he could not performe well. So he was dropped for three years. Now he was again given a chance in England but luckily this time around he scored a few runs that would make his place secured atleast for the next off-shore series. So we as a nation has to consider the fact that without controlling the law and order situation international teams would not come no matter how big bait you give them. Nothing is more important than life. Till then guys we have to keep ourselves prepared for results like these.

sajjad ahmed Jun 18, 2013 07:48pm

the one and only reason for pakistans defeat was their dismal batting show,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,now its time to call upon md yousuf,,umar akmal ...shahid afridi ,,,younus khan,,,,imran nazir,,,,ahmed shehjad,,,,,,,,fawad alam,,,,,,to become a competetive team for 2015 world cup

Imran A. Jun 18, 2013 07:53pm

Waqar bhai, Wasim bhai... please do something. We glorified you during your prime. Get together and revamp the whole system. The whole nation will support you. Show that 2 legends can unite together.

Raza Ullah Jun 18, 2013 07:54pm

@AASIM UMAR HASHMI: Very well said indeed. You have practically snatched my words. I believe, we laymen can do a much better job in choosing a team than these so called selectors. Unless nepotism is weeded out, I cannot possibly see a fairer selection of the team. Let us go with aggressive and younger players. Believe me, they will not do any worse than most jokers we have in the team right now. In the final note, yes, I want us, the people, to let the bigger jokers, selectors, know that we WANT Shoaib, Akmal, Farhat, Shahid, and Umar Gul, FOR EVER. Also hire a professional who can change our defeatist psych to a winning one. Our team is agonisingly defensive. We should learn something from Australians and even Indians.

more Jun 18, 2013 07:57pm

Whatmore was born in Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) and was educated at Royal Preparatory College, Colombo. He and his family migrated to Australia in 1962.Thereafter he lived in Mentone, a suburb of Melbourne and studied at Mentone Grammar School.[1] Coaching career Sri Lanka

Whatmore retired from professional cricket in 1988/89 to pursue a career in coaching. He coached Sri Lanka in two separate spells, during the first of which he won the 1996 Cricket World Cup. In between those spells, he coached Lancashire where he won the National League in 1998 and 1999, and the NatWest Trophy in 1998. Bangladesh

From 2003 to 2007, he had been coaching Bangladesh. Under his coaching, Bangladesh enjoyed relative success, coming from a side that could rarely win matches at all

more Jun 18, 2013 08:02pm

Whatmore was born in Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) Whatmore retired from professional cricket in 1988/89 to pursue a career in coaching. He coached Sri Lanka in two separate spells, during the first of which he won the 1996 Cricket World Cup. In between those spells, he coached Lancashire where he won the National League in 1998 and 1999, and the NatWest Trophy in 1998.From 2003 to 2007, he had been coaching Bangladesh. Under his coaching, Bangladesh enjoyed relative success, coming from a side that could rarely win matches at all, to a team that can occasionally surprise even the most powerful cricket countries. Whatmore coached them to their first Test match victory early in 2005.[2] Bangladesh shocked the cricket world later that year with a victory over then top ranked Australia[3] and then South Africa when they were top ranked during the 2007 World Cup, where they also defeated India to reach the Super 8 stage. Whatmore announced his resignation from the Bangladeshi team after the conclusion of their matches at the 2007 World Cup. He stayed on until the conclusion of their home series against India on 29 May

more Jun 18, 2013 08:00pm

From 2003 to 2007, he had been coaching Bangladesh. Under his coaching, Bangladesh enjoyed relative success, coming from a side that could rarely win matches at all, to a team that can occasionally surprise even the most powerful cricket countries. Whatmore coached them to their first Test match victory early in 2005.[2] Bangladesh shocked the cricket world later that year with a victory over then top ranked Australia[3] and then South Africa when they were top ranked during the 2007 World Cup, where they also defeated India to reach the Super 8 stage. Whatmore announced his resignation from the Bangladeshi team after the conclusion of their matches at the 2007 World Cup. He stayed on until the conclusion of their home series against India on 29 May

more Jun 18, 2013 08:02pm

David whatmore check history,,why pk not win and ind win check ,,From 2003 to 2007, he had been coaching Bangladesh. Under his coaching, Bangladesh enjoyed relative success, coming from a side that could rarely win matches at all, to a team that can occasionally surprise even the most powerful cricket countries.

more Jun 18, 2013 08:06pm

i m holding talks with Dawn editor who edit my remarks ,remarks are based on knowledge and wikidpedias,soon check my remarks and the personality behind edit remarks on the front line,thanx

more Jun 18, 2013 08:13pm

Dav Whatmore From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Dav Whatmore Farid with Dav.jpg Dav Whatmore with a fan Personal information Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style

Afif Naeem Jun 18, 2013 08:41pm

Headline should read: After Champions Trophy flop, Whatmore eyes 2015 WC Flop

S Iyer Jun 18, 2013 08:49pm

Dear friends from across the border: A few losses doesn't make a team talentless. It's so much a mind game, a team game. And it takes a lot for a team to come together and work out as a unit. Your team needs the support of the people. Let them play for enjoyment, rather than fear.

Muhammad Awais Jun 18, 2013 09:00pm

What a coach can do, when his team members do not want to learn anything and rule over their own coach during practice then they cannot be able to win that is what seriously happened to Pakistan Cricket Team in the current ICC Champions Trophy.

shabih Jun 18, 2013 09:25pm

Every one is talking about team,coach or ex-players why u people are not talking about selection committee.I think foreign players should be hired in the selection committee so that a fair selection can be done without any "SIFARISH" then u see u wont need any coach only support staff will be required.If PCB wants coaches for all the departments then they sould hire them for there coaching academies or for National level on international level a without "SIFARISH" team is required to perform.

ammar Jun 18, 2013 09:27pm

Dave Watmore should eye his exit soon with this kind of performance - he is to be blamed. If one thing a coach does and should do is to inspire his team. He failed

elahi Jun 18, 2013 09:57pm

I'm surprised he is still Pakistani coach & he should be on the coouch & fired!

Hyder Jun 18, 2013 10:01pm

Dear sir,

The Sri Lankan team led by Ranatunga had such a fabulous bunch of players that Madan bhai chaghan bhai would have won the World cup as coach in 1996 so what if Dave Whatmore was coach. As Kolkata Knight Riders coach Dave Whatmore's success was limited and he replaced a highly successful coach in Mohsin Khan when he took over Pakistan.

It is the "Velayati Babu" only mentality of the PCB that they want to hire a foreign coach and waste precious foreign exchange otherwise there are plenty of talented coaches amongst 180 million people in Pakistan to coach our team.



Faisal Jun 18, 2013 10:11pm

@sajjad ahmed: We need new and energetic talent which could be guided by all of them you have mentioned. Pakistan's soil is enriched, only need is to burnish the talent.

AJ Jun 18, 2013 10:13pm

Aren't we tired of these statements. Mr. Watmore, it's not about three matches only. What about our batting efforts in South Africa. What if take our batting stats for last 2, 4 or 6 years and compare with those of others. Or should we look in to stats of each player who has played long enough to say that there is no chance for improvement in that individual. When did Shoaib score his last 50 in ODi, What is Hafeez's average excluding the minnows, what are Farhat's achievements or how is Umar Amin a better player than Umar Akmal or Haris Sohail. Why was Fawad Alam dropped after a few matches where as the favourits go on to play for 10 years without performing. Please don't tell us about your reports. Reports are on live tv matches which we all watch. Say something constructive and meaningful or just shut it up and get your salary and relax.

AJ Jun 18, 2013 10:15pm

@more: Plz stop this. A good coach doesn't have to be a successful international player.

Ahmed Jun 18, 2013 11:40pm

@Misbah: honesty, foresight, change the infrastructure, improve things for the better...I'm sorry are you new to Pakistan??? These things will never happen in Pakistan.

Hindi Jun 19, 2013 01:13am

As a lifelong fan of Indian cricket my two cents on the current state of affairs of the green brigade is this - The team's current dry run is just a patch, it will pass. In fact if persisted with, at least 1 or 2 of the current under performers will eventually start turning in decent performances. The assertion of a lot of fans (from the comments here) that Pakistan need to fire Whatmore sounds absurd to me because a coach is only as good as the team he is given. Despite the first point I made, it is obvious that there are several non performing lads in the current squad who cannot justify getting a national cap. Barring Misbah and Umar Amin all of the team's batsmen were pathetic to say the least, Nasir and Asad Shafiq however seem to offer a mild glimmer of hope. Kamran Akmal's inclusion makes absolutely no sense, infact I'm convinced this guy is bent (feel free to chirp in with a cliched Sreesanth/IPL comment) and whoever is ensuring his selection is bent too. I say this because of how he manages to put in one decent performance just in time to make it to the final team but still ends up doing a blind ostrich impersonation in the field on match day, get rid of him NOW. Another pet peeve of Pakistani fans is that the team plays badly because of the lack of international cricket in Pak. That wont happen for a while, get used to it. Also it really doesn't matter to the extent it is made out to. In fact it is an amazing opportunity to groom mentally strong, resilient young players. In the subcontinent bad domestic cricket isn't really that big a problem because of the sheer volume of players, identify the best and groom them. Maybe ink a deal with CA's center of excellence for this. But above all else audit/clean up the board or at least the selection panel. Any member having even the vaguest of conflicts of interest should be jettisoned. And please forget the old brigade, Afridi, Yousuf, Younus et al are spent, stop entertaining thoughts of a grand return to form from these men, at least in ODIs. And most importantly be patient with the new lot, champion sides are built over a period of time with a fair amount of trial and error. Always remember that the so called "experts" on news channels get paid to talk whereas the team gets paid to play, both sets have a different set of priorities that are mostly divergent. If the PCB can put in place a professional and unbiased selection committee and the team selected by them is given enough time you'd be champs

mike jackson Jun 19, 2013 02:25am

The prevailing criticism of Whatmore takes me back to the tragic death of Bob Woolmer. Following the pathetic performance of that Pakistan team (wc 2007) was very easy to find a escape goat in Woolmer. Poor man was tormented and criticized to death by the various media pundits for the failure of that team. Now the same thinking is at work with Whatmore. Some of it motivated by pure racial hate more than anything else and very shameful indeed. No coach can fix the unprofessional , childish and emotional psyche of the Pakistani batsmen. That psyche is the very essence of Pakistani culture/creed and visible in all aspects of Pakistani lives. A new coach will not resolve this issue. Streaky mindset leads to inconsistent and streaky batting ..and that's been the trademark of Pakistani batting from eternity. These batsmen should try to emulate the greats like Gavaskar and Dravid.

Anxious pakistani Jun 19, 2013 03:23am

Openers :- Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal

Middle order Batsmen:- Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Misbah-ul-Haq

Allrounders :- Abdul Razzaq, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Umar Amin,

Wicketkeepers :- Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal

Spinners:- Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal , Raza Hasan

Fast bowlers :-Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Junaid Khan, Asad Ali, Rahat Ali, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Anwar Ali

Eli Jun 19, 2013 04:44am

I think solution to current crises lies in establishing solid performance criteria for selection and retention in the team. All good teams are built on taking bold steps of giving chance to new players till the time you find an extraordinary talent. Unfortunately, PCB's policy of change is about shuffling old faces with already tested and tried players and then keep repeating this ungainly cycle. PCB must show that it is bold enough and scientific enough to put an effective system in place. PCB may take services of a consultant to do that.

Jagmohan Jun 19, 2013 05:39am

Solution is simple. Sack the very highly paid and fancied Mr Whatmore, bring back Mohsin who produced results and never tried to buy time by saying "I said 4 months ago that Champions Trophy is focus" lets forget that and now Focus on 2015. Cool so he gets himself another 2 years worth of Super high $$$$s. Also pls pls pls pls, whoever is the Parchi of Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal, For God sake, stop using your parchi for these incapable batsmen, and give a fair chance to Ahmed Shehzad and hammad Azam.

Ahmer Jun 19, 2013 06:06am

Whatmore wants to talk of 2015 and not 2013. How will 2015 be any different unless we fix the problems, Whatmore being one of those problems.

Nasr Jun 19, 2013 06:46am

Mr Whatmore

What more failures you want from the Pakistani team please tell us now.

zahid Jun 19, 2013 08:32am

whatmore should b fired quickly. very simple.

kanak Jun 19, 2013 08:39am

Why a rain shortened match against India? Pakistan was all out against India thus maintaining their very poor batting form. It was rain shortened for India to score the required runs. Pakistan needs a complete review of the system and select a good fighting team as Pakistan is respected for its cricketing skills and attracts many spectators.

Sikander Jun 19, 2013 09:58am

I ask Mr Dav Whatmore........ "What more" he can do to make improvements in the team. I wonder whether packing up his rucksack at this stage could be the best option in his mind. If not at this stage, he must push hard to bring new talent and wipe out most of the old scrapped players. This will save fans from further embarrassment. He must concentrate more on batting and must train every player including bowlers to do more with a bat. They cannot even hit the ball forcefully. I do not understand why do they have a habit of giving catches at the slip and not rotating their wrists to move the ball all around. Why they do not hit the ball hard for fours and sixes. Playing strokes forcefully makes a difference and they must be trained combining tactics, force, passion, confidence and the most important is to over come a fear. Fear could be the major culprit of early and ugly dismissal of the team.

JALIL QADRI Jun 19, 2013 11:03am

A HUMBLE REQUEST TO MR. DAVE WHATMORE, Dear Mr. Whatmore, A sincere can be remembered for ever by THE NATION... You are a part of Pakistan cricket setup. Its your responsibility to guide the management in bringing youngsters to the team and making then understand the experience is not required always...specially when they are not performing. You have done it with Srilanka....Please play your part in the selection of young energetic dynamic team and the changes required towards cricket attitude (main root cause behind our dismal performances)...You will find lot of wonderful players around...Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Mohd Rizwan and many others. We would be more than thankful.... if you bring and support this youth dynamism modern day cricketers in the team. Dont let youself be a part of Pathetic one dimensional backward cricket mentality of the Pak cricket management. You owe us. Its a humble request from a pak cricket lover.

Rana Jun 19, 2013 12:38pm

I think Dav Whatmore should go before pushed and that goes for the under performing cricketers if they have ANY self respect at all! What a complete disgrace!

mohammad iqbal Jun 19, 2013 01:04pm

after 2015 when our team will finish at the bottom above zimbabwe and bangladesh, whatmore's eyes will be on 2019 world cup. In the meantime he will mint millions of dollars in salaries and perks. What more damage you will want to do my whatmore.

Pakistani Jun 19, 2013 01:11pm

Whosoever in the PCB or from outside 'recommends', advocates and agrees on the inclusion of Imran Farhat, Akmal brothers and Shoaib Malik are the real champions and deserve to be acknowledged in public.

Syed ImranAli Jun 19, 2013 01:43pm

After Champions Trophy flop, Whatmore eyes 2015 WC flop):

Indian Jun 19, 2013 04:18pm

@Afif Naeem: Aamen

kash Jun 19, 2013 04:59pm


I don't agree, Pak were not always playing well at home. Home record was also pretty dismal in odi. PCB should play their home matches in England. Thats the only way they gonna learn.

The main gripe i have is the inability to find gaps and rotate strike. All other teams seems to find gaps against our fielding but when pak bat, they always find the fielder.

Also we do not have fearless/dabanng batsmen who charge and can hit straight behind the bowlers head.

We need fearless fighters in the team.

Rafiq Khan Jun 19, 2013 05:24pm

Pakistan team is not playing as one unit. Thats all. Groupism, regionalism and lack of professionalism is destroying the team. There is lack of professional approach in PCB officials. Why PCB is not picking best batsmen from domestic teams and under 19. Due to the lack of opportunities and infrastructure in the country now it looks ndia will lift third time World Cup 2015.

Rafiq Khan Jun 19, 2013 05:27pm

@shabih: Yeah it is like when Pakistan defeated India in Sharjah when Javed Miandad hit a six on last ball. After defeat when Indian team reached to India there was press conference at the Airport. All were raising objections and asking Kapil Dev Captain of the team why he has given last over to Chetan Sharma because he was new bowler. Kapil Dev irritated and replied everybody is asking about the bowler nobody is asking about the batsman. Javed Miandad is world class batsman so if any bowler can bowl last over he was decided to hit sixer to win the match.

Syed Jun 19, 2013 06:50pm

I'm pretty surprised to read so many expert comments. Non of them has actually understood that It's not the trainers responsibility as far as cricket is concern to choose/ select the players, but that of the SELECTORS! If non can see, that selectors have failed over and over then there is no help for this countrys cricket team!

HM Jun 19, 2013 08:01pm

Whatmore you cannot stop betting and match fixing. Sorry to say cricket is doomed.

Noman Jun 19, 2013 09:37pm

@Anxious pakistani:

I like some of your choices but Hats off to you mate for selecting Hafeez and Akmal as openers. I guess every cricket fan would agree that now its time to get rid of Mr. Akmal while Hafeez can only find a place in this team as a bowling allrounder who would bowl 10 overs (and his bowling has improved significantly since his return) and bat lower down the order ideally in 2nd power play

Again, I cannot understand the obsession of this country fans for madness in name of flair, mediocrity in name of talent thats why you see the name of Ahmed Shehzad pops up. I was a fan of him when I first saw him, aggressive with reasonable technique and an eye for big scores but his cricket has gone down hill much similar to Imran Nazir, reason? obvious: few good innings fills your head, trying to hit every ball out of park, increasing flaws in technique so please not another Imran Nazir unless he corrects himself

Razzak: Unless you want to use him as a last resort saviour for WC2015, I would rather give more chances to Hammad, Ehsan Adil and Umar Ameen. Undoubtedly, the finest allrounder after Imran Khan whose batting talent was wasted and whose bowling suffered a dead end when he tried to prolong his career and become a lolly dolly medium pacer like collingwood (may be an injury which he never disclosed)

Afridi: Can only return if he is fully fit and has proved his bowling form in domestic, even now Pakistan do not have a leg spinner of his calibre

Umar Akmal: huge talent but again few successes and a illogical comparison with Tendulkar worsened by his dwindling form, politics to keep his brother in team, like afridi can only return if prove his form in domestic not just becos other batsmen failed so once again give him the chance, I would rather give haris sohail a chance instead and PLZ don't let us suffer by making another dodgy keeper out of a batsman

Cannot agree more with the bowling choices, future looks bright even though there is not another waqar,wasim or shoaib. Must not discard Rahat, Must use Irfan well to protect him for WC 2015

My team ODI:

Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor Asad Shafiq, Misbah, Haris Sohail Hammad Azam/Umar Amin/Hafeez Sarfaraz Ahmed bowlers: the same lineup But Pakistan must look for post ajmal/afridi era; we do not seem to have a decent replacement yet, raza hasan is good but is he good enough for test matches like abdurrehman?

Rana Jun 19, 2013 10:35pm

Dave Whatmore should have some self respect and step aside as should the disgraceful under performing Pakistani cricketers. But I won't hold my breath...

Sanam Moghul Jun 19, 2013 10:56pm


Honestly speaking!! Pakistan's One Day and 20 Overs cricket have been disturbed by Imran Khan's advice/statement to replace Afridi as Pakistan's limited over team, since he has been not playing the Test Cricket and recently Wasim Akram's statement to keep Misbah the limited Over captain.

Please just justify "Do you want a person to lead the Pakistan's Limited Over team, who is not mentally strong or bold enough to challenge the opponents, one of his prime objectives is to waste Power Play and keep wickets???". Over games are entirely aggressive nature of cricket!!. If batting team could not utilize the first 15 or 6 overs then team's defeat is OBVIOUS!! Misbah is good Test Captain but failed as Limited game captain as well as player in this format. The Mohali (India) World Cup game against India is live example, even Micheal Holding's comments are enough to justify my point.

Please do not promote or support Pakistan Cricket or Cricketer on Linguistic or Regional basis but select and give chance to the deserving Pakistani Cricketer. Champion Trophy team was clear example of poor selection/management. Why Younis Khan and Afridi were ignored with huge English conditions experience? even Muhammad Yosuf would had been considered for the CT due to successful English experience.

Now our coach Mr. Whatmore is preparing the nation for the next year World Cup defeat by giving stupid statements.

NO MORE! Please PM Nawaz Sheriff you have played lot club cricket, its your duty to select right kind of Selection Committee to select and trained deserving Cricketer otherwise our Cricket will be not different than our Hockey team.

shuaib Jun 19, 2013 11:34pm

Your time's up coach, sooner you realize the better. cheers

Caz Jun 20, 2013 02:44am

@Rafiq Khan: Let the best team win. And good luck to India

SKhan Jun 20, 2013 06:12am

I was not convinced even at the time of his appointment that he can bring much needed consistency however I had faint hopes that he may finally overcome players powers/politics and would give new players a proper and deserving chance however he has not fulfilled any of the expectations rather the performance of this team which was always going up in last two years has gone downhill since his appointment. Winning Asia Cup cannot hide his failures. The most damaging thing he has done and is continuously doing is the playing with careers of young players and if he is not responsible then why he did not raise voice at rough treatment of Hammad Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed both of them were discarded from ODI format after a decent Asia Cup. How a player, Asad Shafique who along with misbah/Younis showed the guts of fighting against the best bowling side on SA pitches cannot even get a permanent place in ODI team while we continue to suffer the mediocrity of Imran Farhat, Hafeez, Malik and Akmals.

I would put some blame on Misbah as well as he did not backup the young players as he should have and unfortunately a similar pattern of favoring players from a specific province can be seen.

We need a overhaul of the system unless we want to wait for a similar shambolic exit at WC 2015. Past credentials, coaching licences etc mean nothing if you are unable to get the best out of a talented cricketing nation. I am not against appointment of foreign coaches but bring someone who can stand up to players politics, biased selections and build for long term rather than short term success.

A rather radical suggestion:

Misbah, Younis and Shoaib Akhtar to form a three men team coaching setup

saeed Jun 20, 2013 07:02am

Shahid Afridi,Shoaib Mallick,Kamran Akmal,Imran Farhat,Younis Khan,Umar Gul,Mohammed Hafeez , Misbah should OUT from Team these junk of players should be given US 50K and asked to retire bonus and leave Pak team for life. Pakistan has to do good in WC-2015 new young talented blood even we loose no problem but we will build new team and kick out these junk players.

deepak Jun 20, 2013 09:07am

@Rafiq Khan: correct. every team will go thru ups and downs. Pakistan is a good team that needs a little adjustment to its batting. the problem is a passing phase and is also happening to Australia at this time.