KARACHI - Mohsin Hasan Khan, the former Test cricketer and ex-coach, has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to hire a batting coach and feels that the batsmen should take guidance from the head coach, Dav Whatmore.
The former opening batsman was appointed as the interim coach of the national team last year, following Waqar Younis’ resignation after the tour of Zimbabwe. Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in all three formats in Mohsin’s tenure and also recorded a historic win in shape of a whitewash against England in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Mohsin was dismissed after the series against England, with Dav Whatmore, the former Australian cricketer, replacing him. A fielding coach, Julian Fountain, was also hired by the PCB. Days before Pakistan’s limited-over series against Australia in UAE in August, Akram, the former Pakistan fast bowler, was appointed as the bowling coach as the post was vacant since Aaqib Javed’s resignation earlier this year. Now the board is looking for a batting coach, taking into account Pakistan’s vulnerability in this department of the game. However the former cricketer expressed his dissatisfaction over the PCB’s decision and thinks that too many personnel in the team management will not help the side’s cause.
Mohsin said: “There are already too many coaches. Once Dav Whatmore was signed, the PCB said we need a fielding coach, so they signed a fielding coach.
Then they said we need a bowling coaching and they subsequently signed a bowling coach. Now they need a batting coach. With all the specialist coaches around I don't know what Dav Whatmore is required for.”
Pakistan’s next assignment in Test cricket is the series in South Africa early next year, which is going to be a massive challenge, with the home team’s fast bowlers looking to exploit the Green Shirts’ weakness on bouncy tracks. “I feel batting guidance is required because there are some problems with our batsmen which seem to linger on, but I feel that the guidance should be coming from the head coach and not from a batting coach," the former coach added.