Dav Whatmore on Tuesday expressed surprise at former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga's advise to Pakistan's cricket establishment to "avoid" him for the coach's job but refused to be dragged into a public argument with him.
"I don't know what his motivations were but he is entitled to his own personal views and I have no desire to get dragged into a public argument with him," Whatmore was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.
"The facts are that I have indicated my desire to coach Pakistan and, if appointed, I am confident of being able to do an extremely good job with a very talented group of players," he said.
Whatmore is one of the three Australians shortlisted by the Pakistan Cricket Board for appointment as the new coach and indications have been that Whatmore and not compatriots Geoff Lawson and Richard Done might get the job because of his experience with working with Asian teams like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
But sources in PCB have said Ranatunga, who captained Sri Lanka to 1996 World Cup glory with Whatmore as the coach, is learnt to have given a "run-down" on the Australian when he had a chance meeting with manager-cum-coach Talat Ali in Scotland where the team had recently gone to play two one-day games.