Whatmore hints at revamping Test side for South Africa series

mrk123

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
This is whats wrong with Pakistan cricket - total confusion among the team management. The manager and chief selector thought that all is well and the tour went well but coach's views are completely opposite.

Whatmore hints at revamping Test side for South Africa series



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Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has hinted at a possible overhauling of the Test side when Misbah-ul-Haq’s men take on the number-one ranked South Africa in the UAE next month.

Whatmore, who has faced severe criticism from former players and experts after Pakistan’s losses in Zimbabwe, admitted that the tour had been “embarrassing, upsetting and disappointing” but sounded confident of a turnaround against South Africa.

“All three adjectives (upsetting, disappointed and embarrassing) can be used to describe the way I feel after the defeat against Zimbabwe. I would like to think and public should understand that Zimbabwe team gave us a better fight than what the whole public thought,” Whatmore said in interview with Cricinfo.

Whatmore, who is yet to get a Test series win under his belt since taking over last year, added that Brendan Taylor’s men had prepared them well for the upcoming series and helped in highlighting Pakistan’s weaknesses before the tough challenge ahead.

“You are going from one competition to another in totally different conditions and against an opposition that has a different formation. So there are number of variations and I don't think we can fit the same set of eleven players to play the number one team. But yes, we need to be consistently looking towards strengthening the team combination,” he said while talking about team changes for the South Africa series.

Whatmore also backed under-fire captain Misbah saying, “His consistency in contributions during 2013 has been second to none. It's easy for people to be critical.”

The two-Test series between Pakistan and South Africa begins October 14 in Abu Dhabi while the second match will be played in Dubai from October 23.

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ngenius

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optimistic

Senator (1k+ posts)
I dont understand if Hafeez can be a part of this team with big technical flaws in his batting, why cant Umar ukmal be a part of this team, i think he is among most technically correct batsmen right now, only needs to work on his temperament which is still not his negative point if you look at the temperament of rest of the players, even misbah havent played longer innings in test so far..
 

ngenius

MPA (400+ posts)
Pakistan has lots of Talent but because of the favoritism, nepotism we lose these talented players.

We need to find some talented players and teach them technique so they can play domestic circket and get some exposer, with the right coach they can improve their technique and temperament.
 

mrk123

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Pakistan has lots of Talent but because of the favoritism, nepotism we lose these talented players.

We need to find some talented players and teach them technique so they can play domestic circket and get some exposer, with the right coach they can improve their technique and temperament.

But some in Pakistan cricket, including some big stars, think that once you get a player playing at the highest level then he doesn't need to work on his technique. And, we all know that most of the talented players in Pakistan rise very quickly and end up playing for the national team. Then most who may be talented but lack technique or the temperament fade away pretty quickly.

There have been examples in international cricket where talented players whose technical flaws exposed at the international level went back to the domestic cricket and worked on their techniques and other flaws. Hayden from Australia is the biggest example of this. In Pakistan once the players make it to the national side or even the under 19 side they think that they are way beyond any improvement. Working on their techniques at that time is considered a stigma in Pakistan just as going to a psychologist is considered a stigma.
 
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ngenius

MPA (400+ posts)
But some in Pakistan cricket, including some big stars, think that once you get a player playing at the highest level then he doesn't need to work on his technique. And, we all know that most of the talented players rise very quickly and end playing for the national team. Then most who may be talented but lack technique or the temperament fade away pretty quickly.

There have been examples in international cricket where talented players whose technical flaws exposed at the international level went back to the domestic cricket and worked on their techniques and other flaws. Hayden from Australia is the biggest example of this. In Pakistan once the players make it to the national side or even the under 19 side they think that they are way beyond any improvement. Working on their techniques at that time is considered a stigma in Pakistan just as going to a psychologist is considered a stigma.

The biggest example of this is Mohammad Hafeez. He has so many flaws but he PCB is consistently give him a chance since 2003. I am sure there are many players who would have had better if they were given that many chances.