Message: getimagesize(http://static.ft.lk/ftadmin/wp-content/files_mf/http://www.ft.lk/ftadmin/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/DFT-16-8.jpg): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Line Number: 59http://static.ft.lk/ft_logo.png"/>
Comments /396 Views / Wednesday, 25 April 2012 01:06
KARACHI:Disappointed at the turn of events that led to the postponement of the Bangladesh series, Pakistan’s head coach Dav Whatmore has decided to shift his focus on training for the tour of Sri Lanka instead.
The Dhaka High Court issued a stay-order on the Bangladesh team’s visit to Pakistan for two limited-overs matches scheduled for the end of April. With a bleak possibility of staging the matches later, Pakistan players have earned a lengthy break ahead of their tour of Sri Lanka. Whatmore also expressed his surprise that the tour was postponed due to security apprehensions.
“I was born in Sri Lanka and lived through a civil war,” said Whatmore. “I’ve been living in Lahore for two months and have been moving freely. If I knew more areas in the city, I’d be moving around more as I don’t have any security issues here. As a foreigner, I will play my role to tell the outside world that Pakistan is safe.
“The country is starved of international cricket. There’s a lot of craze for the game and I saw it at the Super Eight Twenty20 Cup in Rawalpindi and then when the British universities team came to Lahore where the crowd tuned up in huge numbers.”
Whatmore also ruled out rustiness coming into play, hinting at an extensive training camp for the national players as well as the hunt to find promising bowlers. The Australian added that squad announcement was expected to be made in the first week of May after which the players will get ample time to fine-tune their skills for the tour of Sri Lanka.
Whatmore also hoped for the success of the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) being planned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The Twenty20 tournament, which is scheduled to take place in October, is expected to see the participation of international players and will be organised along the lines of the Bangladesh and Indian Premier Leagues.
“I think international players will come to play the PPL,” said Whatmore. “Once it is known to them that such an event is being organised, I am very much hopeful they will turn up in good numbers.”
18 February 2017
A foreign national passing through the Colombo Private Bus Terminal on the day of a private bus strike – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara “Forty-year-old Mrs. Doreen Kulandivelu ...
18 February 2017
A nattami carrying goods at Manning Market; the National Flag is seen on the wall in the background &nbs...
17 February 2017
Soldiers looking for survivors after a massive landslide in Aranayaka last year. The consequences of climate change will create a new pool of conflicts and will force people to survive and find a suitable way to live somewhere else – Pic by ...
17 February 2017
Even if you’re not an excessively tech-savvy individual, you most likely would have used a mobile application in your mobile device via an internet connection, used a Gmail client, Twitter, Facebook, or mobile apps, or purchased something on...
Private Medical College Parents’ Society seeks justice for SAITM students
Dissecting the reasons for low international ranking of Sri Lankan State universities – A student’s perspective
Reply to ‘Favourite whipping boy Arjuna Mahendran’
Economic priorities for education in Sri Lanka