LAHORE - Dav Whatmore arrived here in the city on Saturday to finalise his deal with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the head coach job to taking the sport's hot seat.

Whatmore did not reply media persons’ questions at his arrival here at the Allama Iqbal International Airport and left without talking to them.

Whatmore was received by Maqsood Ahmed, PCB logistics manager, and taken to the National Cricket Academy (NCA). He will meet with the PCB's coach committee. He will meet with the PCB chief Zaka Ashraf on Monday to finalise and formally sign his package and coaching deal.  Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup glory in 1996, is the favourite to replace Waqar Younis who quit the post in September last year over health issues.

Earlier, the PCB appointed former opener Mohsin Hassan Khan as an interim coach against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but had to extend his stint in charge for the series against England as the selection process was delayed. Whatmore will assume the charge before the Asia Cup being commenced in Bangladesh from March 1 to 12.

The PCB had earlier appointed a three-man committee headed by former captain Intikhab Alam, which shortlisted six candidates for the five posts.

"Whatmore has reached here and we will talk to him on the issue," a source in PCB said. PCB has also kept silent on the issue so as not to derail the process. Whatmore, who played seven Tests and one one-day international for Australia in 1979, was in talks with the PCB through another former captain Ramiz Raja, who assisted the committee.

Former England batsman Bob Woolmer had a successful stint from 2004 before he died in the West Indies, a day after Ireland upset Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup.  The PCB said recently that the head coach would also play a dual role as a batting coach. The coach committee finalised its recommendations for the three coaching positions and was expected to report to the PCB chairman about the same earlier this month. Julian Fountain is in contention to take over as fielding coach, a role currently held by Ijaz Ahmed.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed was named bowling coach for the England series but an official announcement about a full-time appointment is awaited.  PCB has earlier invited Whatmore to reach Pakistan on January 14 to finalise the deal and stamped him multiple visa from the Pakistan Embassy in Canberra. PCB once again imposed his authority, when it was pointed out that some players may not like if Australian coach Dav Whatmore is appointed as he is a hard taskmaster, saying "that is what the team needed".

"That is what we require - a hard taskmaster - to get the best potential out of our players because we have the potential to be among the top two teams in the world," he said. He made it clear that even if some players were not happy at Whatmore's expected appointment they would have to fall in line with the board decision.