Dav Whatmore appointed Pakistan batting coach
Julien Fountain will look after the fielding drills for the side.
Will be Pakistan's coach
The PCB have appointed Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain as Pakistan’s coach and fielding coach respectively for two years. Though both of them had arrived Lahore on 2nd March, the official announcement came on 4th March. The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf and the director of international cricket Intikhab Alam confirmed the news on behalf of the PCB.
At a press conference at Lahore, Ashraf uttered satisfactory remarks over the performance of the committee appointed to find a coach. He said that the committee had found the best possible candidates for both the posts. He also hoped that Whatmore and Julien could adjust themselves well in the set-up of the Pakistan team and put the team in a fighting spirit.
After Waqar Younis had quit the job in September, Pakistan were in need of a coach. Since December, Whatmore has been named as the possible candidate for the position of Pakistan coach. He met with the PCB in January and has now been officially announced as the head coach. Fountain, who was the fielding coach of Bangladesh, also met the PCB in January and travelled with Whatmore to Lahore on 2nd March.
Whatmore, who was previously the coach of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, has said that his main goal would be to bring the team on the track of consistency. He said he would not like the team to soar in the sky and then crumble on the ground the next moment. What he wanted was to maintain a good standard for a long period. Instead of focusing on the result, he planned to focus on the process. According to him, this was the only way to eliminate bad performances.
The Asia Cup, a one-day tournament that will feature Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka along with Pakistan, will be Whatmore’s first assignment. Whatmore declared that his ultimate goal would be to take Pakistan to the top position in all formats of cricket.
Whatmore and Fountain will cover the batting and fielding departments respectively. In the meanwhile, the PCB will look for a bowling coach for the team.