Karachi: Dec 5, 2013
“The way the team played in South Africa, I am pretty confident I will be able to end my contract with Pakistan cricket on a high and winning note, and go out a satisfied man,” the former Australian player told PTI before team departure last night.
Whatmore and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced recently a mutual parting of ways after the Australian’s two year contract ends in February, 2014.
Whatmore has confirmed he will not be seeking an extension of his contract. Despite being criticised by many former players and critics, Whatmore said that he was very satisfied with what he had achieved with the Pakistan team.
“I know everyone has his view and opinion, but personally I think it was a good run for me and the team. That one Test series loss in South Africa triggered off a testing time for us, but the players came back strongly in South Africa in the one-day series,” he said.
Whatmore, who took over as head coach in March, 2012 after Pakistan had whitewashed England in a Test series said that Pakistan cricket had a lot of talent and there are some quality players in the national side, who can take the team forward in future.
“Pakistan has, in recent times, discovered some exciting new talent which is a good sign for Pakistan cricket. I have had a good experience with the team and players, and we communicated well with each other, and enjoyed each other’s company,” he said.
“I had to take this difficult decision to take a break from international coaching for a while to spend more time with my family, which I have been unable to do in the last two years due to our hectic schedule,” Whatmore said.
Whatmore also added that he was viewing the coming series against Sri Lanka with great interest as he wanted to see the team win a Test series under him.
“Not being able to win a Test series in four attempts is a setback, but I have given 100 percent to my job and I will continue to do that,” he added.
Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup title said that the Asia Cup title win last year, and a One day International (ODI) series win in India last December stood out as good memories for him.
Whatmore said that ending his contract with a series win over Sri Lanka would be a fantastic farewell for him, as they were a formidable side in conditions found in the UAE.
Pakistan will play two Twenty20s, five ODIs and three Tests against Sri Lanka from December 11 to January 16 after featuring in a one-off T20 match against Afghanistan on December 8.
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