Whatmore would have been a better coach: Intikhab

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Karachi: Intikhab Alam, who served as Pakistan cricket team manager for 20 years, has said that Dav Whatmore would have been a better choice for the post of team coach than Geoff Lawson, because he was more experienced.

“Players preferred Lawson to Dav Whatmore but I think Whatmore would he have been a better choice for the simple reason that he has been in this profession for a number of years," said Alam, a governing member of the PCB.

He added: “It was the players who were impressed with his presentation and they wanted Lawson, though inexperienced, as their coach," reported the Daily Times.

Reacting to a recent incident where the media boycotted a press conference of Lwson, he said: “Winning or losing is a part of the game but I can"t think of dictating terms to the media. It is terrible to have pinpointed (by Lawson) a journalist to improve his English."

Meanwhile, Whatmore, who is carrying on with his BCCI assignment, said he was happy with his current job. “I read reports on Lawson. I don"t consider myself to be either lucky or unlucky on not being the Pakistan coach but I am happy to be over here working for the Indian Cricket Board," Whatmore, who is now the Director of the BCCI-run National Cricket Academy (NCA), said.

According to the paper, a decision regarding Lawson"s future may be taken only after the Asia Cup, but one would not be surprised if the coach"s wife requests him to leave the job and return to Australia.

Lawson"s wife was initially concerned about the safety in Pakistan and requesting her husband not to take up the assignment. Lawson, who took over as coach since the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa last year, has one more year left in his contract.


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