Whatmore furious over Ajmal's comments

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Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has expressed disappointment in star spinner Saeed Ajmal, after the player told a TV interview that Whatmore has made 'no difference' to the team as coach, compared to local mentors.

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has expressed disappointment in star spinner Saeed Ajmal, after the player told a TV interview that Whatmore has made 'no difference' to the team as coach, compared to local mentors.

Ajmal said in an interview with <i>Geo TV</i> that Whatmore was 'not that bad' as a coach, but also said that Pakistan's previous, home grown, coaches were better at handling the players and relating to them.

Ajmal said of the Australian's influence on the side's performance, compared to Pakistani coaches: "There is no difference, just that we are paying more to him, otherwise there is no difference.

"Waqar handled us better. He used to stress on fitness and he used to say that if your fitness is good then you are 80 percent okay on the ground but if it's only 20 percent then you cannot do anything on the ground.

"Mohsin did well. He would scold in front [of the team] if anyone is not taking wickets or a batsman is not scoring, irrespective of if he is senior or junior. If a junior was not performing then he would say that if you don't, then you will not be able to keep your place.

"Dav is a foreign coach, he doesn't know our language much, but he is a coach and has done coaching for various countries and has helped other teams win, he is not that bad. We had our coaches, we have our language."

Whatmore, who took charge of the side in 2012, responded angrily on Twitter: "Just read Ajmal's quotes. Deeply upset and hurt by his remarks. Just when you think you know someone!!"

The spinner did give credit to Whatmore's reactions to bad performances, and said he wasn't really unhappy with the coaching situation, adding: "I am not saying that I am not satisfied, he is a good coach and helped Sri Lanka lift the World Cup.

"I am happy in every situation, if there is a trouble then it's okay, I laugh and smile and even if there are hard times then it is inevitable, this is my lifestyle.

"I don't have any problems [with] who is coming in as coach and, for me, more important is what reaction he has on my performance. He helps us get everything on what the batsmen are doing wrong. He tells us instantly what we have to do. He can't go [on to] the field. His job is to tell us what to do."

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