Whatmore Takes Over As Pakistan Coach

Whatmore Takes Over As Pakistan Coach
Whatmore Takes Over As Pakistan Coach
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Former Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has signed a two-year contract as Pakistan's new head coach, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed.

Whatmore, 57, played  seven Tests and a One-Day International for Australia before embarking on a successful coaching career, leading Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup title.

He also took charge of Bangladesh between 2003 and 2007, led Lancashire to the National League title in 1998 and 1999 and coached the Kolkata Knight Riders between 2009 and 2011.

He replaces Mohsin Khan, who had in turn replaced Waqar Younis following the latter's decision to step down earlier this year and he will have Julian Fountain as the new fielding coach.

His first assignment will be to lead Pakistan in the Asia Cup, which gets underway on 11th March in Bangladesh.

"We have appointed Whatmore as the new coach of the Pakistan team for the next two years," PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf told reporters after the news was announced.

"We feel that a foreign coach can best exploit the talent available in Pakistan cricket," he added.

Whatmore said: "We will do our best to produce the best results with our available talent and I am confident of good results. I know this Pakistan team has talent but we have to deal with the inconsistency problem."

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