Sports: Cricket: PCB gives send-off to Whatmore, Fountain

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gave a warm send-off to coach Dav Whatmore and fielding coach Julien Fountain Thursday afternoon in Lahore.

PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf, COO Subhan Ahmed, Director General Javed Miandad and Directors Zakir Khan and Brig. Sajid Hameed and others were present on the occasion.

Both Whatmore and Fountain reached the end of their two years contracted tenure at the end of Pakistan’s series versus Sri Lanka in the UAE.

Zaka lauded the duo’s contribution to Pakistan cricket on the occasion. “It was a difficult time for Pakistan cricket. There have been no home series owing to circumstances beyond the PCB’s control. Still the performance of the team mostly reflected an upward curve.

“The skill-set of the players as well as temperament and mental strength also considerably improved during this period. Both Dav and Julien definitely made a difference here. We wish Dav and Julien all the success in the world in their professional careers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Whatmore said that he was happy for leaving the team on a victory note.

“I am really happy to be leaving on a victorious note. The boys presented me with the perfect parting gift by beating Sri Lanka in what was one of the most spectacular Test victories ever. This definitely was a high point in my coaching career. With Pakistan in the last two years, we won big on quite a few times.

The Asia Cup triumph and the series wins against India early last year and recently against South Africa in a bilateral one-day rubber for the first time were other performances that rank high. I had a great time in Pakistan and I hope to return here in one capacity or another sooner than later,” Whatmore said.

Fountain also said that he had a good experience in Pakistan and there was a visible improvement in the fielding department of the team.

“Personally and professionally it was a very fulfilling assignment. There was discernible improvement in Team Pakistan’s all-round fielding. I passed on whatever nuances I could to my fellow coaches as well, and most importantly at a very broad level to the boys and coaches at the National Cricket Academy as well as other academies,” said Julien Fountain.