Home > News >

Dav Whatmore keen to end Pakistan stint with a win over Sri Lanka

Under Dav Whatmore, Pakistan have not won a single test series © AFP
Under Dav Whatmore, Pakistan have not won a single test series © AFP

Dubai: January 6, 2014

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said Monday nothing would please him more than to end his two-year stint with a win over Sri Lanka, a team he groomed to World Cup glory in 1996.

“To win, particularly against Sri Lanka,” said Whatmore when asked how he would like to end his two-year reign after the ongoing three Tests against Sri Lanka.

Under Whatmore, who took over in March 2012, Pakistan have not won a Test series but attained heights by beating India in India and South Africa in South Africa — both in one-day series.

Whatmore’s highest point as coach was winning the World Cup with Sri Lanka 18 years ago — a team he said he respected a lot.

“To win against Sri Lanka, the team I coached for six years, my country of birth would be great and I am keen on doing well against them, some of them (players) are very good friends but when I enter the field we are enemies, so I am keen to finish the stint with a win,” said Whatmore, born in Sri Lanka but who played seven Tests and one one-day for Australia.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka drew the first Test in Abu Dhabi last week. The second Test starts in Dubai from Wednesday while the third will be played in Sharjah from January 16.

Whatmore believes his team can force a win if they get 20 wickets. ”You must get 20 wickets, bat well to win a Test. We couldn’t get the advantage of the two hundreds that Misbah-ul Haq and Younis Khan scored and did not have a big lead,” said Whatmore of Pakistan’s 179-run lead.

Led by a career best 157 not out by skipper Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka batted well to save the Test on the fourth and fifth day.

Whatmore said off-spinner Saeed Ajmal not getting a wicket in 49 overs in Sri Lanka’s second innings wasn’t a worry. ”I don’t think it was a worry, it was a combination of the difficulties he faced extracting something out of the wicket as well as opposition playing very well,” said Whatmore.

Pakistan will hope the Dubai stadium pitch will help their spinners, and are likely to add left-arm slow bowler Abdul Rehman to supplement Ajmal.

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 29, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo


Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)


Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos


AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Phil Hughes passes away: Twitter reactions

Phil Hughes passes away

Phil Hughes head injury: Difficult to prevent such incidents, says Brian Lara

Phil Hughes was wearing an older version of helmet, say manufacturers

Australia Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 Pakistan Phil Hughes head injury South Africa Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) must be disqualified, says Supreme Court

Virat Kohli mourns Phil Hughes’ death

Phil Hughes passes away: Pakistan-New Zealand 3rd Test Day 2 to begin an hour late

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 3rd Test at Sharjah, Day 2

Live Scorecard: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Sharjah, Day 2

Moeen Ali becomes third fastest centurion for England in ODIs

Ishant Sharma — Is his current ODI form good enough to earn him a place in ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

The birth of Day Night cricket matches

Phillip Hughes head injury: Are helmets making batsmen complacent?

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

Bigg Boss: Hot Pakistani model Veena Malik and husband arrested on blasphemy charges

மணப்பெண் அழகு சரிபார்ப்பு பட்டியல் – உங்கள் திருமணத்திற்கு ஒரு மாதத்திற்கு முன் என்ன செய்ய வேண்டும்

Bigg Boss 8: Is Gautam Gulati out of the house?

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

Scoop: Is Sid Mallya really gay? Watch video to find out!

Microsoft Lumia 535: First non-Nokia low budget Windows smartphone set to be launched today

रितेश-जेनेलिया देशमुख के घर पुत्ररत्न का हुआ जन्म

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here