Whatmore happy with safety in Pakistan


Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore's first bilateral series tour sees him take on the daunting task of visiting Pakistan for that country's first international series since 2009, but he's happy with the safety aspect.

A terror attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in late 2008 saw cricket in Pakistan moved to the UAE for 'home' games, and the Zimbabwe visit this month will break that drought. Whatmore, who used to coach Pakistan, is excited about the trip.

Whatmore told Reuters of his confidence in the security measures in place: "I'm fully behind the tour and I believe it's going to be a tremendous success.

"I understand others feel differently, but I would never put anybody else in an unsafe environment. I understand the significance of this tour to Pakistan and I'm very happy to go.

"To have a full member nation play international cricket in Lahore and the state of Punjab is hugely important for Pakistan and transcends cricket."

The coach says he took the role before the World Cup, which was a temporary job then, because he relished the challenge of helping Zimbabwe climb the ODI rankings, but cautioned that it would not be an overnight improvement.

He said: "I really think it's a challenge, a different type of challenge to most places. Zimbabwe are ranked at number 11 in ODI cricket and that is unacceptable and something that has to change.

"But there is real potential here to move ahead, I would not have signed on if I did not believe that. But it is something that needs time."