Whatmore to be in Pakistan next month for coach appointment

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board says Australian coach Dav Whatmore will reach here in mid-January for a round of talks to finalise his appointment as head coach of the national team.

But a senior official of the Board ruled out any chances of Whatmore being given the charge of the team for the series against England.

"I think the Board Chairman has already made it clear that the current team management will continue for the series against England from next month. But yes Whatmore will be in Pakistan around January 14 or 15th to hold a final round of talks," PCB`s Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad said.

Whatmore, who has coached the Sri Lankan and Bangladesh teams in the past and is presently working in India, is the front-runner to take over as head coach of the national team.

But the committee appointed by the Board to scrutinise, identify and recommend a final list of coaches has delayed its final recommendations resulting in the Board deciding to continue with interim coach Mohsin Khan for the series against England.

Mohsin, who was appointed interim coach after the resignation of Waqar Younis in September due to health reasons, has guided Pakistan to Test and one-day series wins over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in his stint.

"Whatmore will be in town to discuss the terms and conditions of his contract with the Board but it would be premature to say he has already been appointed coach. He is a front runner but details require to be worked out with him regarding his contract we intend to offer him that is why he is coming to Pakistan," Ahmad said.


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