Ajmal bowls 'doosra' at Whatmore
03 October, 2013
LAHORE: 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.
Ajmal, 36, told a private TV channel that Whatmore "doesn't know our language much". Asked what he thought the differences were between a local and a foreign coach, Ajmal replied: "There is no difference, just that we are paying more to him, otherwise there is no difference. "Dav is a foreign coach, he doesn't know our language much, but he has done coaching for various countries and has helped them win," said Ajmal.
Ajmal said previous coaches Waqar Younis and Mohsin Khan handled the team well. "Waqar handled us better. He used to emphasise the fitness of the players," said Ajmal of former Pakistan paceman Waqar who was coach from March 2010 to September 2011. Former opener Khan then took over and guided Pakistan to a 3-0 win over then-world number one England in the UAE early last year.
"Mohsin did well. He would scold in front of the team if anyone is not taking wickets or a batsman is not scoring, irrespective of if he is senior or junior. If a junior was not performing then he would say that if you don't, then you will not be able to keep your place," he said and added: "Dav is a foreign coach, he doesn't know our language much, but he is a coach and has done coaching for various countries and has helped other teams win, he is not that bad. We had our coaches, we have our language," the off spinner stated.
But Ajmal insisted he was not unhappy with Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to a famous World Cup victory in 1996. "I am not saying that I am not satisfied, he is a good coach and helped Sri Lanka lift the World Cup," said Ajmal.
"I am happy in every situation, if there is a trouble then it's okay, I laugh and smile and even if there are hard times then it is inevitable, this is my lifestyle ... I don't have any problems [with] who is coming in as coach and, for me, more important is what reaction he has on my performance. He helps us get everything on what the batsmen are doing wrong. He tells us instantly what we have to do. He can't go [on to] the field. His job is to tell us what to do," Ajmal added.
Whatmore's two-year contract ends in February next year and the chances of his deal being renewed are remote. Ajmal said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should consult players when they appoint a replacement. He also said that the PCB must start paying its players more money for Test appearances as Pakistan cricketers were getting less money than their international counterparts. "Players now want to just play one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches because they are earning more from these formats," he said. "We don't get the same financial rewards for playing Tests.
"The problem is that in our country there is little difference in the fees paid out for all three formats and we are not playing as many Tests compared to most other countries. "I have played just 28 Tests in six years so the opportunities to earn well from this format are less compared to ODIs or T20s," added Ajmal.
Pakistan play fewer Tests than most because the other teams do not want to tour the country due to security concerns. "I would advise our board to not only raise Test match fees ... but also create a big difference in the fees paid for all three formats," said Ajmal.
Meanwhile, Whatmore has said Ajmal has apologised for his remarks that the salary package and language barrier are the two differences between Australian coach and his two Pakistani predecessors.
Whatmore wrote on Twitter that he had read Ajmal's quotes and he was deeply hurt by the off-spinner's remarks. Later Wednesday, Whatmore tweeted: "Ajmal has personally come to apologise to me and explained the context of what he meant and I have accepted. I just want to add that Ajmal is a very nice person but has fallen prey to a few tricky questions."
Courtesy: The Nation