LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday formally announced David Whatmore as the head coach of Pakistan cricket team on a two-year contract.

Talking to media here at a press briefing held here at National Cricket Academy, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf formally announced the appointment of Whatmore on a two-year contract. He said that Julien Fountain would be a fielding coach of the team.

He said Whatmore had been appointed because of his strong background and coaching credentials. "I congratulate and welcome the coaching staff and also felicitate coach finding committee which completed their task successfully and found the best coaches for the national team. I hope now Pakistan team will improve and perform well under the able supervision of the best coaches," the PCB chief added.

Coach finding committee’s head Intikhab Alam on the occasion said that soon after joining the board the PCB chairman had an aim to provide qualified and best coaches to Pakistan team.  "The selection committee started finding out the best coaches for Pakistan team and after the consensus and PCB chief approval, we have decided to finalise the names of Whatmore and Fountain. We hope both the coaches will try their best to bring the national team on top," believed Intikhab.

New Pakistan coach Whatmore on the occasion expressed his gratitude to the PCB chairman and the committee for choosing him head coach of Pakistan team. Whatmore said he was confident he could deliver results as Pakistan cricket has rich talent. "Look Pakistan cricket has a history of producing outstanding talent and I am pretty confident I can produce good results with this team," he said.

To a query regarding how much time he will take to make Pakistan team the best, Whatmore replied: "It will take time to bring Pakistan team to the top. I have some plans and with the passage of time, we will have results. There is a need of consistency in the team and gradually the team will start going towards the betterment and also start giving the better results."

Replying a question regarding Pakistan’s chances in the upcoming Asia Cup, the head coach said: "Though India and Sri Lanka are tough teams yet Pakistan team is good enough to beat every team of the world. There is a need of focusing on what we have and what we can do."

On a query regarding young batsmen, Whatmore said: "Pakistan have potential and young batsmen like Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq can deliver but what to follow is right selection at right time. The team especially youngsters have capability and they can deliver. So forgetting about past, they should just focus on their performance and should put their best to win the Asia Cup."

To another query regarding three different teams for all the three formats of the game, he replied: "It will take time to make three different teams but surely I will prefer some modifications in the team for different formats."

Fountain on the occasion said that he had some plans to follow and he would try his best to achieve these targets. When Intikhab Alam was asked about the vacant seat of bowling coach, he replied that Aaqib suddenly left them during the England assignment so they did not get time to find a bowling coach as well. "The PCB will soon advertise for bowling coach and the committee will try their best to find the best bowling coach as well soon after Asia Cup assignment," added Intikhab.