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Cricket: Departing Pakistan coach to take a break

Departing coach Dav Whatmore said on Friday he was joining a Dubai-based sports company and would be taking a break from coaching after two years leading the Pakistan side. The 59-year-old Australian is leaving his post after helping Pakistan to a 1-1 draw in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. "At the moment I am not going to coach but I am going to join a sports company in Dubai", the former batsman said at his farewell press conference. He said his time in Asia had been "exciting but difficult".

Cricket: Whatmore says Pakistan tenure ends 'on a happy note'

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. 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. Pakistan chased down a daunting 302-run target for the loss of five wickets, with Azhar Ali scoring his fifth Test hundred while Misbah-ul Haq finished with 68 and Sarfraz Ahmed hit 48.

Cricket: Misbah happy at coach Whatmore's winning farewell

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq showed delight in giving coach Dav Whatmore a happy farewell by winning the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Monday. Pakistan clinched a thrilling five-wicket win in the third Test in fading light in Sharjah, chasing their second best target in all Tests of 302 with nine balls to spare. That levelled the three-match series at 1-1 and gave Whatmore a winning send-off.

Cricket: Whatmore keen to end Pakistan stint with a win

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said Monday nothing would please him more than to end his two-year stint with a win over Sri Lanka, a team he groomed to World Cup glory in 1996. "To win, particularly against Sri Lanka," said Whatmore when asked how he would like to end his two-year reign after the ongoing three Tests against Sri Lanka. Under Whatmore, who took over in March 2012, Pakistan have not won a Test series but attained heights by beating India in India and South Africa in South Africa -- both in one-day series.

Cricket: Whatmore to leave as Pakistan coach in February

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore will leave his job at the end of February, the country's cricket board said Tuesday, saying a mutual agreement had been reached not to extend his contract. The 59-year-old former Australian batsman, who took over in March 2012, has faced mounting criticism over Pakistan's dismal run of results in recent months, with ex-players regularly calling for him to go. Pakistan went down by 117 runs to South Africa in Sharjah on Monday, completing a 4-1 defeat in their one-day series.

Cricket: Whatmore wary of South Africa comeback

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore is wary of world number one Test team South Africa bouncing back in the second Test starting in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by seven wickets on Thursday, but Whatmore recalled a personal experience of South Africa's resilience when he was the coach of Sri Lanka in 2000/2001. "This South African unit is quite resilient," said Whatmore on Sunday. "I've had a first hand experience in Sri Lanka where they lost by an innings in Galle and came back to win in Kandy," said Whamore of the series in Sri Lanka.

Cricket: Whatmore wary of South Africa comeback

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore drew on bitter personal experience to warn his players that world number one Test team South Africa can bounce back in the second Test starting in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by seven wickets on Thursday, but Whatmore recalled a personal experience of South Africa's resilience when he was the coach of Sri Lanka in 2000/2001. "This South African unit is quite resilient," said 59-year-old Whatmore on Sunday.

Cricket: Ajmal apologises for Whatmore remarks

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has apologised for remarks about national coach Dav Whatmore that triggered controversy and threatened their relationship. In an interview with Geo Super television on Tuesday Ajmal spoke of the language barrier between Whatmore and the players and said former coach Waqar Younis had handled the side better. Whatmore, who was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Australia, said Wednesday on Twitter he was "deeply upset and hurt" by the comments from Ajmal, one of his senior players.

Cricket: Pakistan's Ajmal says Whatmore no different from local

Pakistan's spin magician Saeed Ajmal said Wednesday there was no difference between Dav Whatmore and a local coach -- apart from his pay packet and the language barrier. Whatmore, who played seven Tests for Australia, has regularly come under fire in Pakistan from former stars who say a local would do a better job of coaching the misfiring national side. The pressure grew on the 59-year-old after Pakistan's humiliating defeat against Zimbabwe last month, with the daunting prospect of a series against world number one Test team South Africa just around the corner.

Cricket: Whatmore warns Pakistan against complacency

Pakistan's cricket coach Dav Whatmore Friday warned his team against being complacent when they face up to lowly Zimbabwe next week in a tour considered important for blooding new players. The 59-year-old former Australian batsman said the team was training hard for the two Twenty20, three one-day and two Test matches and would not take their opposition lightly. "We may be playing Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe but they are still very important for Pakistan," he said.
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