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Aus ODIs, T20 WC big tests for Whatmore

Press Trust Of India
Aug 27, 2012 at 10:25pm IST

Karachi: Pakistan's one-day series against Australia which begins on Tuesday and the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 can be make or break assignments for team’s Australian coach Dav Whatmore and a couple of players.

A well-informed PCB source told PTI that although board chief Zaka Ashraf has been giving optimistic statements but even he realises that the national team needs to fire against Australia and in the upcoming World Cup.

"He is feeling the heat because he removed a winning coach in Mohsin Khan to bring in Whatmore and after the big defeat to India in the Asia Cup and the defeats in Sri Lanka he knows the team needs to quickly reverse its fortunes in the coming weeks," one source said.

Aus series, T20 WC big tests for Whatmore

The next two assignments can be make or break for team’s Australian coach Dav Whatmore and a couple of players.

"Ashraf is also worried because the level of communication he wanted between the national selectors and Whatmore has not been seen as yet. And more disappointingly, the foreign coach also has failed to get out of the customary trend of toeing the line of the captain," the source added.

Another source disclosed that Whatmore had disappointed the selectors at least twice by first agreeing with some of their decisions and than backing out in front of captains – Mohammad Hafeez (T20s) or Misbah-ul-Haq ( ODIs and Tests).

"This has happened twice. First when Misbah was dropped from the T20 squad and secondly when Younis [Khan] was dropped for the one-day series," the source said.

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