LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gave a warm send off to coach Dav Whatmore and fielding coach Julien Fountain here on Thursday. The top officials of the PCB – Zaka Ashraf, Javed Miandad, Zakir Khan and others were present on the occasion. Both Whatmore and Fountain reached the end of their two years contracted tenure at the conclusion of Pakistan- Sri Lanka Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The PCB chairman Zaka lauded the duo’s contribution to Pakistan cricket. “It was a difficult time for Pakistan cricket. There was no home series owing to circumstances beyond the PCB’s control. Still the performance of the team mostly reflected an upward curve. The skills 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,” said Zaka.
For his part, Whatmore said: “I am really happy to be leaving on a victory 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 win 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 am grateful to the PCB, its chairman and everybody else for supporting me. I cannot forget to thank the cricket fans of Pakistan who supported me on every occasion. I had a great time in Pakistan and I hope to return here in one capacity or another sooner than later.”
Julien also thanked the PCB and its management. “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. Both Whatmore and Julien were most profuse in praising the Pakistani people, their warmth and hospitality and also thanked the fans for their continuous support.
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