Whatmore criticized for being a passive coach

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 11:34 hrs

Islamabad: Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has come under severe denigration after the team's successive defeats in the Test series in South Africa, with some in the cricket fraternity holding him responsible for the reverses.

Whatmore, a former Australian Test player who took charge of the Pakistan team in March last year, is being blamed for being a passive coach in complete contradiction to his reputation of being a hard task master, The Daily Times reports.

A source close to Pakistani team said reports that are coming in from South Africa confirm that even after some careless approach by batsmen and bowlers in the second Test in Cape Town, Whatmore has not bothered to have a talk with them and give them a dressing down.

The source added normally, in other teams when a team performs as badly as Pakistan, the coach minces no words in making it clear to the players what is required of them,

Not only Whatmore but even bowling coach, Mohammad Akram and fielding coach, Julian Fountain are being blamed for not being tough enough with the players.

The source further said the problem clearly appears to be that Whatmore is not willing to do anything, which goes against what the Test and T20 captains, Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez or some other senior players are thinking, adding he is not willing to take a stand on some issues or selection matters.

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