Hiring batting coach: Whatmore’s utility
IT has been reported on several TV channels that the PCB has advertised on its website for hiring a batting coach. One fails to understand that in the presence of fielding, bowling and batting coaches, what job will be left for the highly paid main coach Dav Whatmore who costs about Rs2 million a month?
Considering that the PCB is on a coach hiring spree, one after the other, this also is tantamount to a no confidence in Whatmore.
Here the question arises: if Whatmore was so incompetent that even in his presence the team needs separate coach for each and every specialisation, then questions must also be asked about the competency of the experts’ panel, which recommended the foreigner for this assignment.
Now, it looks that the role of Whatmore will only be restricted to the level of the paramedical staff in an operation theatre who merely hands over scissors and other surgery equipment to the surgeon.
If Whatmore will be there for the strategy and match planning, then God save the Pakistani team because we have already seen his below-average capability of strategy and match planning during the Pakistan cricket team’s four tours of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the UAE and the T20 World Cup in Sri Lankan.
It looks that the PCB chairman is surrounded and under the influence of incompetent persons who are still loyal to the former chairman who hired them. And these people are working on an agenda to prove Zaka Ashraf as a complete failure and in comparison the former chairman’s performance should look like a great success.
One day, which does not look far away, Zaka Ashraf will find himself alone in an abyss, ditched by all such relics of the past.
NAYYAR UDDIN AHMAD