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Whatmore eyes World Cup after Pakistan flop

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Jun 18, 2013 at 04:57pm IST

Karachi: Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said on Tuesday the team would be reviewed with an eye on building for the 2015 World Cup after their dismal showing at the Champions Trophy in England. Abysmal batting led to Pakistan's defeat in all three matches as they failed to post a single total above 170 runs.

Pakistan's failure in the Champions Trophy has prompted calls from former players, media and fans to overhaul the system and ditch Whatmore and under-performing players. Asked about the need to overhaul the team, Whatmore said he will give a report on the team's performance.

"The question of selection should be directed to the selectors but I will give my review, both verbal and written, perhaps (with) 2015 in mind," Whatmore, 59, told reporters as he arrived back in Pakistan.

Whatmore eyes World Cup after Pakistan flop

Pakistan's failure in the Champions Trophy has prompted calls from former players, media and fans to overhaul the system and ditch Whatmore.

Whatmore accompanied Mohammad Irfan, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Nasir Jamshed and Ehsan Adil while captain Misbah-ul Haq and vice captain Mohammad Hafeez will return next week. The former Australian batsman turned coach rejected the suggestion his players lacked in effort.

"The performance didn't meet the expectations which we, as a team, wanted to put. Obviously a lot of people in Pakistan wanted us to do well and that's why it is very disappointing," said Whatmore, who took over as coach in March last year. "But it wasn't a case of lack of trying, it was a case of we were unable to score enough runs in all three matches."

Pakistan were bowled out for 170 against the West Indies, 167 against South Africa and 165 in a rain-shortened match against arch-rivals India in the Group B matches. Only captain Misbah-ul Haq managed to hit two half-centuries while top order batsmen Hafeez, Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran flopped badly.

Pakistan's batting was also found wanting on their tour of South Africa earlier this year, where they lost all three Tests and the five-match one-day series 3-2. Pakistan had hired Australian expert Trent Woodhill as batting consultant for the Trophy but he failed to lift the batsmen. Pakistan's next assignment is a five one-day and two Twenty20 matches in the West Indies next month.

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