Dav Whatmore says he didn't recommend Trent Woodhill as Pakistan batting coach

Trent Woodhill will join Pakistan ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in England © AFP

Karachi: May 14, 2013 

Pakistan‘s head coach, Dav Whatmore has rejected talks about him recommending little known Australian Trent Woodhill for the post of the national team’s batting coach ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Whatmore told reporters before the team’s departure for Ireland earlier today that Woodhill’s appointment was a decision of the PCB.

He also disclosed that he had not had any discussions with Woodhill since his appointment was made.

“I sent him some emails and messages but didn’t get any reply as he is in India for the Indian Premier League,” Whatmore said.

Since the PCB named Woodhill as batting coach — he will join the team in England — it has come in for criticism as the Australian has played no first-class cricket and until last year his only claim to recognition was that he was associate coach of the New Zealand team.

Woodhill’s appointment came as a surprise to the Pakistani cricket community with the board it was trying him out for a period of three weeks before deciding whether to give him a long-term contract.

Initially it was reported that Whatmore had recommended Woodhill’s name to the PCB but the head coach denied.

Whatmore also said that there were no favorites for the Champions Trophy but Pakistan had a perfect blend of youth and experienced players.

“With Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammed Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik in the side the experience is there for such a major tournament and I am very hopeful the young players in the squad will also do their best in the competition.” Whatmore said.