Dav Whatmore: Didn t take up Pakistan coaching job for money

Dav Whatmore has come under heavy criticism after Pakistan’s recent defeats against South Africa © Getty Images

Karachi: Oct 31, 2013

Pakistan’s former chief selector, Iqbal Qasim has described the national team’s Australian coach Dav Whatmore as “useless”.

The former Test spinner, who resigned as chief selector in May, told PTI that Whatmore had added no value to the team or Pakistan cricket.

“From what I have seen he is there only for a job and he has no interest in the future or well being of Pakistan cricket,” he said.

Qasim said he foreign coaches have always failed to deliver because they towed the line of the captain to ensure job security and had nothing to add to the team.

“Whatmore also just says or does what the captain wants and he is contributing nothing to our cricket,” he said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly paying Whatmore a monthly salary of around Rs 1.6 million with other perks and benefits.

The Australian’s contract is due for review early next year and indications are that the PCB will not retain him after he completes his two-year term.

“Local coaches do speak up and make their point which is not the case now,” he said.

Qasim felt that the selectors need to be given final authority in selection matters.

“The captain and coach should be independent while deciding on the playing XI but the squad should be prerogative of the selectors. Unfortunately in the past there were many instances where we were overruled,” he said.