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Dav stressed out, advised rest

Dav Whatmore

Lahore: Pakistan coach, Dav Whatmore has been under a lot of stress and tension in the recent weeks and advised rest by a physician.

A report in a Pakistani daily, on Sunday, claimed Whatmore’s wife is also worried about his condition and has been seeking advice from close friends and relatives.

“Whatmore has been under a lot of stress in recent weeks over the team’s performance and this has left his wife worried,” the report said.

The report said that when his wife insisted on Whatmore going to a party at a close friend’s home in Colombo, he was reluctant to go, but then agreed.

“But even at the party, according to eye witnesses, Whatmore remained aloof before a close friend and doctor engaged him in a conversation.

“He then asked for advice from skin specialist, Dr Saeed Jaffer who had come from South Africa to watch the World Twenty20 matches.

“Whatmore rolled up his socks and showed him rashes on his leg and the doctor after examining them told him that these were the result of him taking too much tension and stress,” the report said.

According to the report, Whatmore’s wife had been trying to ensure that he didn’t spend too much time in his hotel room which had become a routine with the coach in recent weeks.

The story is significant since Pakistan’s last foreign coach, Bob Woolmer also died while coaching the team in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

Woolmer’s death was later put down to natural causes but not before the police in Kingston, Jamaica also investigated his death as being a possible murder.

Woolmer, who remained with the Pakistan team from 2004 to 2007, was shattered after Pakistan’s first-round exit in the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has apparently issued a show cause notice to Abdul Razzaq for making contentious remarks after returning from Lanka.

Sources close to Razzaq said he had got a notice on Sunday.

Razzaq blamed captain Mohammed Hafeez for dropping him against Sri Lanka while the latter told reporters that the decision was taken by the team management.

Razzaq asked Hafeez to speak the truth, signalling the first signs of discontent within the team.

To complicate matters further, a tweet was posted on Saturday night on an account credited to the Pakistan captain, in which he derided the remarks made by Razzaq and advised him to keep such matters inside the dressing room.

Although Hafeez has denied posting anything, he has been also quoted as saying that the truth about selection issues would come out soon and that while he believed no one player was responsible for a team’s defeat or victory he accepted responsibility for Pakistan’s defeat to the Lankans in the semi final.

Sources said PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf was clearly not amused with the situation and had asked both Razzaq and Hafeez to meet him in his office on Monday.

“The comments made by Razzaq and Hafeez have ignited another controversy in Pakistan cricket and clearly the Board chairman wants to snuff this out before it gets worse,” the source said.

The source said Razzaq had been asked to explain his contentious remarks to the media and was reminded that as a centrally contracted player he was bound by the code of conduct.