Cricket: Whatmore says Pakistan tenure ends ‘on a happy note’

SHARJAH, January 21, 2014 (AFP) – Departing Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said he ended his tenure on a happy note with his team winning the third Test, and admitted he may still return in another capacity. “This victory (against Sri Lanka) will be ranked up there, the series win in India and one-day win in South Africa (2013) and the Asia Cup, are pretty decent to start with. When we arrived we were not given any chances in South Africa so there were some high points,” said Whatmore.

Whatmore, who played seven Tests and one one-day international for Australia, said the team’s nucleus was there for the next coach to work on.

“It is for the next coach to do the (further development). The nucleus is there, we have to pay a little bit more attention to the eleven we play. The will is there and that is a major asset.

PCB said it will name the next coach before next month’s Asia Cup, starting in Bangladesh from February 25.

Team manager Moin Khan is the likely candidate to take over. The 59-year-old ended his two-year stint at the helm with the three-match series against Sri Lanka, which Pakistan levelled 1-1 by winning the third and final Test in Sharjah on Monday.

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