ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket team head coach Dave Whatmore has finally accepted that Pakistan players didn’t perform well against Zimbabwe which led to the humiliating defeat in the second Test.
After accepting this reality, he must hand over his resignation to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief. He is the one who failed to deliver as a coach despite having the best lot against the minnows. He should have utilized his squad in best possible way but instead of producing the extraordinary results, he failed to save his team from second Test defeat.
Now without wasting any further time, he should step down and should have some mercy on Pakistan team. Cricket crazy fans want resignations of Whatmore and company, who despite taking hefty amounts and other perks and privileges, failed to produce even ordinary results against the lowly-ranked team.
The PCB should conduct an inquiry against former chief Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf who hired Whatmore, Julian Fountain and M Akram coaches of the national team. Now this troika has been doing nothing but getting hefty amounts from the board.
Now Whatmore has no rights to raise question over the team selection because he must do so while the team was being selected and finalized by the selectors and if there was any problem, he should have showed his concern at that time. His approach was totally wrong regarding team selection as he thought with this ordinary selection, his team would easily beat the Zimbabweans, but to his utter surprise, they outclassed green shirts in all departments in the second Test and leveled the series. Pakistan could also lose the first Test had the brilliant performances of Younus Khan and Saeed Ajmal not saved the day for Pakistan.
The PCB should terminate the contracts of the entire management. It is unfortunate that the board officials have given one-month extension to bowling coach Akram and do not want to sack Whatmore and Fountain because if they terminate their contracts, they have to pay hefty amounts for this.
Zaka Ashraf is the main culprit in this regard as he hired these coaches and put the team and the country in such worst situation. If the PCB terminates the coaches’ contracts, it has to pay hefty amounts to these coaches so instead of the board, Zaka should beat all these expenses from his own pocket. The selection of the national squad for South Africa series is on the cards so instead of repeating same faces, youngsters like Umer Amin and experienced Sohail Tanveer should be given a chance. Umer has learned a lot from his past mistakes and he is perfect answer to the team’s woos in the middle order as he has extra edge of being the left handed. Asad Shafique and M Hafeez should be dropped as they have already enjoyed too much freedom while Azhar Ali should be given last chance to regain his form.
Pakistan cricket team is in dire need of a professional wicket-keeper, who can also bat in the late middle order and score some runs to provide the team depth in the tail. Without a shadow of doubt, Zulqarnain Haider fulfills this criterion. It is true that he had committed a blunder by walking away from the tour without informing the team management and not only let himself down but also the entire nation, but he had learned from that silly mistake and now he deserves a second chance like others were given in the past. Pakistan needs him badly as he will be the best choice with both gloves and willow.
Umar Gul should be recalled as the fast bowling without him looks pretty ordinary and off colour. Junaid Khan bowled well on occasions, but he remained unsuccessful to fill the shoes of Gul. Saeed Ajmal was handled very well by the Zimbabweans and the captain must use Ajmal very cleverly, otherwise, he will prove himself failure against the mighty Proteas. The time is ripe to prepare back up for Ajmal and that can only be achieved through giving confidence to the second string bowlers. Instead of giving priority to Asad Ali and Ehsan Adil, who are not more than average bowlers, fresh faces should be inducted in the squad.
Moin Khan is not capable of managing the national side so he must be replaced by a professional person of a high caliber who may manage the team with greater responsibility.