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ISLAMABAD --- Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore says
Saeed Ajmal has apologised for his remarks that the
only differences between the Australian coach and
his two Pakistani predecessors are the salary package
and language barrier.
Ajmal told the TV sports channel Geo Super late
Tuesday that former Pakistan internationals Waqar
Younis and Mohsin Khan handled the players very
well during their coaching stints, while Whatmore ---
a former Australia Test batsman who has previously
coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh --- "doesn t have
the knowhow of our language."
"It s just the difference of money which we are
giving to (foreign coaches), otherwise there s no dif-
ference," he said, defending the credentials of home-
Whatmore wrote on Twitter he had read Ajmal s
quotes and he was deeply hurt by the offspinner s
Later yesterday, Whatmore tweeted: "Ajmal has
personally come to apologise to me and explained the
context of what he ment and I have accepted.
"I just want to add that Ajmal is a very nice person
but has fallen prey to a few tricky questions."
Ajmal s comments come less than two weeks before
Pakistan s Test series against South Africa starts in
the United Arab Emirates.
Whatmore was appointed coach in March last year
by the Pakistan Cricket Board despite Khan having
guided the team to a Test series victory against the
then No 1-ranked England in the UAE.
Ajmal applauded Khan s achievements and said he
knew exactly how to encourage his batsmen and
bowlers. He credited Younis with improving the fitness
of the team, which also produced on-field results.
Ajmal made his Test debut in July 2009 against Sri
Lanka --- four months after gunmen attacked a Sri
Lanka team convoy en route to a Test in Lahore, forcing
Pakistan to play away from home.
Since then, he has become an integral part of the
team and taken 147 wickets in 28 Tests.
Whatmore isn t the first foreigner to coach Pakistan
--- his predecessors in the job include Richard Pybus,
Bob Woolmer and Geoff Lawson. But Ajmal thinks
the senior players should be consulted before coaches
are hired, whether they be foreign or local.
"The players understanding with the coach is very
important," he said. "Players should be asked which
coach you like so that he (the coach) is beneficial to
the players, to the team and to the country."
Pakistani batsman Saeed Ajmal walks off the pitch
after been bowled out for 49 runs during their first
Test match against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club
in Harare, September 4. AP PHOTO
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates
--- Afghanistan s cricket team is
one win away from qualifying
for the World Cup and probably
the war-weary nation s finest
Afghanistan beat Kenya by eight
wickets yesterday and needs to
defeat the Kenyans again in their
second one-day international to
join Ireland as the two qualifiers
from the lower-level ICC World
Cricket League Championship.
If Kenya wins tomorrow s ODI,
United Arab Emirates will progress
to the World Cup in 2015 instead.
Mohammed Nabi said "we ve got
one more game left and if we win
on Friday ... the team will be cel-
ebrating and the whole nation will
Cricket World Cup qualification
would follow closely on
Afghanistan s first football title
after winning the South Asian
Football Federation Championship
last month. (AP)
Afghanistan 1 win away from cricket's World Cup
TURIN --- Diego Ulissi of Italy
won the Milano-Torino road
race yesterday, as defending
champion Alberto Contador fin-
Ulissi, who was runner-up in
last year s edition, attacked on
the final climb to the Basilica di
Superga, pulling away from a
leading group of six riders 250
metres from the line. He finished
in 4 hours, 21 minutes and 2 sec-
onds on the 193.5 kilometre
(120.24 mile) course.
Rafal Majka was second, three
seconds behind Lampre s Ulissi,
with Dani Moreno third, two sec-
onds further back.
Contador was 11 seconds
Ulissi said: "Because of the
bruises I got in the two crashes
during the world championships,
this morning my feelings were
not so good. Beating such top
riders, immediately after the world
championships, is certainly a huge
Ulissi wins Milano-Torino road race, Contador fifth
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