Lahore: PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf on Sunday hinted on the reason for appointing a foreign coach. He said the main reason behind the board's decision to appoint Dav Whatmore for the national team is to make the side strong enough to win the next World Cup.
    
Ashraf told reporters in Lahore that the board wanted a totally professional coaching and support staff with the team because at the end of the day Pakistan's major ambition was to win the 2015 World Cup.
    
His remarks came after the arrival of Australian Dav Whatmore in the city for talks which will eventually lead to his appointment as head coach of the national team.
    
Although the board and Ashraf again insisted that Whatmore's appointment was not final but sources have said he is the next head coach of the national team.
    
Whatmore, who is staying at the national cricket academy, has held a detailed discussion with the head of the PCB coaching committee Intikhab Alam and is due to meet with the Chairman and chief operating officer of the board on Sunday or on Monday.
    
He will return to Australia on Tuesday and sources said the purpose of his visit is to finalise terms and conditions of his contract including the powers that will be given to him, his pay package and most importantly the support staff he will work with.
    
Pakistan in the past has tried out three other foreign coaches, Richard Pybus, Bob Woolmer and Geoff Lawson with none of them able to create any notable revolution in Pakistan cricket.
    
But Ashraf told reporters that he had heard Whatmore was a hard task master and committed to his job.
    
"He picked up a ordinary team like Sri Lanka and made them world champions so definitely he has some qualities."
    
"The PCB also wants that we have a team capable of winning the next World Cup and being among the top two nations. Someone who can tap the immense potential we have in our cricket," he added.

(Agencies)