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Whatmore top nominee for Pak coach

After meeting with PCB Chairman Naseem Ashraf, Australian Whatmore emerges as the top contender for Pak cricket team.

cricket Updated: Jun 22, 2007 14:06 IST

Australian Dav Whatmore has emerged as the top contender to take over the coaching position with the Pakistan cricket team after he met with PCB Chairman Naseem Ashraf in Islamabad.

"The word is that in the three interviews held by the Pakistan cricket officials with the shortlisted coaching candidates, Whatmore has impressed everyone the most," a source in the PCB said.

Before Whatmore, his compatriots Geoff Lawson and Richard Done were also interviewed for the job by Board officials earlier this week.

Whatmore will now travel to meet the Pakistan players at Abbotabad where they are attending a training camp.

"There is no doubt Whatmore's experience of working with Asian players counts for a lot as he has remained coach of the Sri Lankan and Bangladesh teams in the past," a Board source said.

The committee appointed to shortlist and interview the coaching candidates will now submit their recommendations to Ashraf who will get approval from the Ad-Hoc Committee by the end of the month.

"It is premature to say who will be appointed because the Ad-Hoc committee has to discuss all the three candidates," Zakir Khan, PCB's Director (Cricket Operations), told PTI.