Dav Whatmore no different from any local coach, says Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal (above) also said that current Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore doesn’t understand their language well © Getty Images

Lahore: Oct 2, 2013

Pakistan‘s spin magician Saeed Ajmal said Wednesday there was no difference between Dav Whatmore and a local coach — apart from his pay packet and the language barrier.

Whatmore, who played seven Tests for Australia, has regularly come under fire in Pakistan from former stars who say a local would do a better job of coaching the misfiring national side.

The pressure grew on the 59-year-old after Pakistan’s humiliating defeat against Zimbabwe last month, with the daunting prospect of a series against world number one Test team South Africa just around the corner. Ajmal, 36, told Geo Super television Whatmore “doesn’t know our language much”.

Asked what he thought the differences were between a local and a foreign coach, Ajmal replied: “There is no difference, just that we are paying more to him, otherwise there is no difference.

“Dav is a foreign coach, he doesn’t know our language much, but he has done coaching for various countries and has helped them win,” said Ajmal.

Ajmal said previous coaches Waqar Younis and Mohsin Khan handled the team well.

“Waqar handled us better. He used to emphasise the fitness of the players,” said Ajmal of former Pakistan paceman Waqar who was coach from March 2010 to September 2011.

Former opener Khan then took over and guided Pakistan to a 3-0 win over then-world number one England in the UAE early last year.

But Ajmal insisted he was not unhappy with Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to a famous World Cup victory in 1996.

“I am not saying that I am not satisfied, he [Whatmore] is a good coach and helped Sri Lanka lift the World Cup,” said Ajmal.

Whatmore’s two-year contract ends in February next year and the chances of his deal being renewed are remote. Ajmal said the Pakistan Cricket Board should consult players when they appoint a replacement.