Former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to victory
in the 1996 cricket World Cup, has reached Pakistan to sign a coaching
contract with the country's national team.
Whatmore will be
Pakistan's fourth foreign national coach after Richard Pybus, Bob Woolmer
and Geoff Lawson.
After his arrival at the Allama Iqbal
International Airport in Pakistani eastern city of Lahore Friday, he was
escorted to his hotel under very tight security. Media persons tried to
talk to him but he remained silent and made no comment on any question
raised to him.
He was highly appreciated and recommended as the
right person due to his international record; guiding Sri Lanka to win the
World Cup; grooming Bangladeshi team enough to reach the second round of
the 2007 World Cup.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) advertised for
the post of head coach last year after former coach Waqar Younis resigned
due to personal and health issues, Xinhua reports.
head of the PCB coaching committee, made it clear to the media that any
contract with the Australian coach would only be signed after his meeting
with the PCB Chairman Zaka Asharf, which is very likely Saturday.
to sources, besides Whatmore, the PCB has also decided to have another
contract with Julian Fountain as fielding coach. Fountain has also reached
Soon after signing the contract, Whatmore, selection
committee and captain Misbah-ul-Haq would discuss finalisation of the team
for the upcoming Asia Cup.
PCB sources revealed that he has met
captain Misbah-ul-Haq after his arrival at National Cricket Academy to
discuss team selection matters.
Whatmore, 57, played seven Tests
and only one One-day International match for Australia before becoming a
He also applied for the slot in 2007 when
Pakistan advertised for the job but at that time his Australian fellow
Geoff Lawson was preferred over him.
After Younis's resignation,
PCB appointed their former Test player and serving chief selector Mohsin
Khan as interim coach, who guided the team to win against Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh and England. He produced some unexpected results especially by
whitewashing English team in Test series by 3-0 last month.
spite of all his efforts and results, PCB chairman Ashraf made it publicly
clear that they wanted a proper and certified coach for the team as part
of preparation for World Cup 2014.
Whatmore, on his first task,
will go with Pakistani team to Bangladesh for a four nation Asia Cup
scheduled to start March 11.