No explanation sought from Whatmore, PCB clarifies
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Wednesday, said it has not sought any explanation from the national team’s head coach Dav Whatmore for the fitness tests conducted last week, including that of former captain Mohammad Yousuf.
A statement issued by the PCB said reports saying that the board was at odds with Whatmore on Yousuf’s test and possible recall, were “baseless.”
“The PCB wishes to clarify that no explanation has been sought from the coach on this or any other issue,” the statement said.
Earlier, it was reported in Indian daily Times of India, that a PCB official “asked Whatmore what was the reason behind allowing Yousuf to train at the National Cricket Academy with the Pakistan team and also to allow him to take the fitness test that led the media and former players to speculate that the coach was planning to bring back Yousuf into the national side,”
Following Yousuf’s appearance for the fitness test, it was also being said that head of the national selection committee Iqbal Qasim was unhappy with Whatmore.
Qasim, however, said all was well between him and the recently-hired coach.
In its statement, the PCB also rebuffed reports of a rift between the two.
“Rumour-based stories such as differences between the coach and chief selector Iqbal Qasim are absolutely incorrect.”
“Every official is on one page with regards to the objective: taking Pakistan cricket forward in a seamless manner,” the statement concluded.