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PCB chairman admits pressure to axe Dav Whatmore

Abu Dhabi: The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) interim management committee, Najam Sethi, confirmed that he was under tremendous pressure to sack coach Dav Whatmore.

“I personally think the coach has done a decent job but his contract expires in February, so we have to seriously look at it,” Sethi told Gulf News. “In fact, I think Whatmore himself will be looking at it. I won’t deny that there is tremendous pressure to appoint a home bred coach.”

Communication is one of the major reasons why the PCB are looking closer to home for the next boss, said Sethi. “We are not against a foreign coach,” he said. “Our problem is, with foreign coaches our players are not able to communicate freely. The players are not that well educated when it comes to English. So there is a lot of problem in communicating with each other and don’t understand fully. Nationalism and self-reliance also play a major role.” However, one member of the team who is not under pressure to stand down is captain Misbah-ul-Haq despite Pakistan losing the series.

“Misbah has a very steady head and is the most experienced players in the team,” said Sethi. “Having said that, I would say we have to groom a new young captain and would like to say we are already focusing on quite a few youngsters who have the potential to be leaders.”

Sethi then shrugged off concerns that the return tour to South Africa has come along too soon for the players and gives them little time to recover.

“It is not a hurriedly organised tour,” he said. “We also need money and they too. We both need to train our cricketers on wickets that are testing. We expect to have similar wickets for the World Cup and want the youngsters to make the most of it.

“We were also discussing with India about squeezing in a tour in case they didn’t tour South Africa. We were in a win-win situation. India decided on a shorter tour of South Africa and thus, we also managed to have a short series.”