Search for new Pakistan coach over

Wednesday, 7 December 2011 00:01 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s hunt for a new head coach is over, but they will only make a formal announcement at the conclusion of the Bangladesh tour.

Dav Whatmore, who is currently coaching the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, is reportedly favourite to land the job which was vacated by Waqar Younis after the tour of Zimbabwe in September.

The PCB is eager to get the formalities of appointing a new coach out of the way well before the team’s series against England in the United Arab Emirates in January and Col Naushad Ali, a member of the PCB committee and currently assistant manager of the national team, feels they have found the perfect person for the job.

“The person we have picked as head coach is very well suited to Pakistan,” Ali is quoted as saying by Cricinfo. “He is the one who suits the temperament of Pakistan cricket and [that] of its team.”

Whatmore, who was at the helm of Sri Lanka cricket when they won the 1996 World Cup, refused to comment on the speculation, saying: “I can’t say anything. I am in no position to say anything.”

The PCB is also expected to appoint specialise batting, bowling and fielding coaches and the names of current interim Mohsin Khan, former Test fast bowler Aaqib Javed and Julien Fountain have all been mentioned. (