Pakistan enjoyed their first ever Test series whitewash against England earlier this year [AFP]

Australian Dav Whatmore has been appointed Pakistan's head coach for two years, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Sunday.

Englishman Julian Fountain would be the fielding coach, the PCB said.

The two men would take immediate charge of the team and prepare them for the Asia Cup tournament later this month.

Overseas expertise

"We have reached an agreement with Whatmore who will be the new coach of the Pakistan team for the next two years," PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said.

"We feel that a foreign coach can best exploit the talent available in Pakistan cricket."

Whatmore, who led Sri Lanka to victory at the 1996 World Cup, said he was looking forward to the challenge, adding: "We will do our best to produce the best results with our available talent and I am confident of good results."

Whatmore, 57, played seven Tests for Australia and enjoyed a successful coaching spell with Bangladesh, leading them to their first Test match and subsequent series win in 2005.

Pakistan have had three foreign coaches in the past - Englishmen Richard Pybus and Bob Woolmer and Australian Geoff Lawson.

Chief selector Mohsin Khan had been in place as interim Pakistan coach after Waqar Younis resigned in September for personal and health reasons.

Source: Reuters