LAHORE - Pakistan cricket head coach Dav Whatmore has said he wants the Pakistan team to be aggressive, but not reckless, while performing.

“I feel that most teams are at their best when playing attacking or aggressive cricket. However, playing aggressive cricket does not mean playing recklessly, as this defeats the overall objective and can make winning more difficult.”

“I like to see our batsmen play each ball on its merit, rather than trying to “Crowd Please” as this can be counter productive,” he said. He added, “I am sure most Pakistani cricket fans would rather see the team win consistently and rise up the rankings, than lose due to reckless cricket. In my opinion, we have the hardware, now we need to upgrade the software!”

Dav Whatmore has said victory in the upcoming Sri Lanka team is the foremost thing on their minds.  “Victory is foremost in our minds, but planning, tactics and skill execution will decide whether we are victorious or not. We will go there with our eyes wide open expecting a good battle,” Pak Passion quoted Whatmore, as saying.

“I have personal knowledge on how good the Sri Lankans are at home,” he said, adding that, “Even without Murali, Vaas and others they will be a formidable opposition and will be difficult to break down. Our players are aware of this, especially after recent wins in the UAE. They will be keen to settle a few scores.”

Whatmore warned his players they faced a battle on next month’s tour of Sri Lanka, saying the hosts were tough opponents in home conditions.

“I think we are doing enough to prepare ourselves properly for pretty strong opposition in their home country.”

Pakistan, whose Test side is ranked fifth in the world against Sri Lanka’s sixth, broke with tradition by selecting separate squads for the three different formats, new to their system but backed by Whatmore.

The Australian backed the six uncapped players picked across Pakistan’s Test, one-day and Twenty20 squads to make an impact on the tour, which starts with a Twenty20 international in Hambantota on June 1. Shakil Ansar, Haris Sohail, Raza Hasan, Rahat Ali, Ayub Dogar and Afaq Raheem have been selected in their three squads. ”We want to move forward all the time. In that squad selection there’s some very good experienced players we believe are good enough to win matches and that’s why they’re picked.”

“There are a few new players in the squad and that’s a good thing because you know I think keeping exactly the same personnel you are marching on the spot,” said the former Australian batsman.