Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Contrasting mindsets could lead to disaster – Latif

By Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: After an extensive deliberation the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally appointed Dev Whatmore as the head coach for the national team. The entry of the fourth foreign coach in Pakistan’s cricket history is seen as a welcome move by many however, former Captain Rashid Latif has a different philosophy to look at it. He fears that due the huge gap between the mindsets and approach the appointment of Dev Whatmore could have an adverse effect. "In Pakistan, we want rapid results, however, top foreign coaches believe in a long-term strategy. These contrasting mind-sets could lead to a disaster, I am afraid", said Latif while talking to this correspondent.

Whatmore, who has played seven tests for Australia, came to the limelight when under his guidance Sri Lanka won the 1996 World Cup. Afterwards, he joined Bangladesh and also led them to their maiden test match and series win in 2005.

Along with Whatmore, the PCB also employed Englishmen Julian Fountain as the fielding coach. Both men have taken charge of the team to prepare them for the upcoming Asia Cup Cricket tournament starting from March 11th in Bangladesh.

Latif further said that now the board had taken the decision therefore it should be supported rather than criticised. "Now since they are our national coaches therefore we have no other choice but to support them. I wish them success", concludes Latif, who himself is a qualified coach and have been successfully managing several academies in Pakistan.

Prior to Whatmore, Pakistan have had Richard Pybus, Bob Woolmer and Geoff Lawson as their foreign coaches and despite the results under these foreigners the PCB Chairman, Zaka Ashraf was adamant for yet another experiment.

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