Afghanistan news August 23, 2010

Afghanistan lose Latif's services

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Afghanistan have suffered another blow as Rashid Latif, who took up the post of batting coach last month, has resigned less than a week after head coach Kabir Khan was dumped by the Afghan Board.

Latif reportedly officially offered his resignation through an email to the board, and like Khan cited interference with his coaching role as the main reason behind his decision. "Kabir also left his job because of the same reason. I was not free to impose my ideas on the team. From team combination to the match strategy, the Afghan board officials want to dictate everything," said Latif.

Hamid Shinwari, the Afghanistan Cricket Board's chief executive, struck back by telling the Cricket Post that the board "received Rashid's resignation and fully respect his choice, but are shocked to receive a long list of new demands just 25 days after signing a contract with him."

The ACB had issued a press release explaining that Latif would take over the coaching role after Khan's departure, but Shinwari suggested that Latif had asked the ACB to either re-hire Khan as coach or double his own salary and increase his benefits if he were to take up the role. The ACB's response was that they could not afford his demands, and so the senior national side now find themselves without a coach.

Shinwari explained that the ACB was in contact with the ICC and had requested help in hiring a new coach, who would join the national squad prior to the team's Kenya tour in October this year. Afghanistan's problems could run even deeper than a search for a new coach, however, as Latif added that he had given a comprehensive plan to the Afghan Cricket authorities for the development of the game at the grassroots level which included the establishment of academies and grounds, but his suggestions had been ignored.

Latif explained that he had also wanted the Afghan team to practice more at home, but the board seemed not to like the idea. "Since I had a good training session with the Afghan cricketers in Jalalabad, hence I wanted more training sessions in Jalalabad and Kabul, but the authorities want to hold camps in Sharjah. With this attitude the Afghan cricket would go nowhere."

Raees Ahmadzai, a regular in the national team, has raised similar concerns in his blog for CricketEurope. "We wanted to do something for Afghanistan and we worked our hardest to make it happen," wrote Ahmadzai. "We had hoped that this was a legacy that Afghanistan's future cricket stars would embrace. We had built it with the hope we were starting a legacy, but unfortunately, the structures that need to be in place for grassroots cricket to really take off are still nowhere to be seen in Afghanistan.

"The investment in grassrooots cricket in Afghanistan still hasn't happened," he added. "We do not have any professional grounds, proper academies in Kabul, or a club cricket structure to put young Afghan cricket enthusiasts through. With the ICC pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the ACB, plus the investment from the US embassy in Kabul, $350,000 from Etisalat and $200,000 from Supreme Group, we should be in a much more advanced position."

Ahmadzai went on to express his sadness that Afghanistan still had not played any one-day internationals against Test nations despite gaining ODI status more than 18 months ago and lamented the fact that "the incentive for the youth to play is slowly diminishing."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • SSAfghan on August 30, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Hey you all that have said so many things about Afghan Cricket and also about sucking Rashid Latif and Kabir Khan by ACB. If ACB hadn't fired these two coaches from pakistan then we would have been the victim of fraudulent, bribery and other improper doings which happen in match fixing "as Pakistan has vast experience and is master of it" , also our nation integrity would have come under big big question. Good job ACB for sucking those two coaches in order to save our cricketing future from match fixing allegations and dishonesty.

  • on August 26, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    hey mohaib khan u r the biggest namak haram we afghan rescued u from punjabi attacks in the past then we converted u to Islam now u r talking rubbish about Afghanistan u have really forgotten u r fathers.

    as far ACB is concerned well Mr.Karzai needs to do some thg just change these idiots and hire Raees Ahmadzai or other sportsmen and we wish kabir khan all the very best and if he did any imp activities or bad thgs then may Alah punish him other than that we really need a foreign Coach i hope An Australian or Englishman or maybe and Indian would be hired long live Afghanistan and long live our cricket team

  • on August 25, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    This ACB is made of currupt people who are only thinking on how to save their jobs so they can steal all the coming money to cricket. I am realy sad that Latif and Kabir Khan left. We need Kabir Khan back.

    I want Mr. President Karzai to kick-out the current ACB officials. We do not need Doctors, engineers, we want professional people (with cricket knowledge) in ACB.

  • akskada on August 24, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    ok, i get it now... it's all about having an Indian coach for the Afghan team... now don't be surprised when you see Afghans YET AGAIN forgetting Pakistan's support after having wrecked havoc on Pakistan's resources during 1977-to date, learning all their cricket from Pakistan, having a Pakistani coach who coached them even to international ODI status... Rashid Latif was an idiot asking PCB to have an ODI series with Afghanistan, and PCB made at least one right decision by refusing him... Go Afghan team Go!!!... dunno wat luck wud u have with an Indian coach when even India doesn't want one for its team.. :-)

  • on August 24, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    I am Afghan and I love my team like my own body parts,but most of our Afghans brothers do not know the basic issue in of inside the team, Afghan team is running by one family members now. If anyone want to find out the truth they will find that this team is dominated by the minister family now.I was really expecting that something like this will happened to Afghanistan cricket team pretty soon which happened. because i know that how one family is taking advantage from this team. We should be thankful to Kabir khan and also Rashid Latif that they accepted Afghanistan cricket couching. Now some of them called them ISI agents We should be shameful for our act instead of blaming them. As Afghan I accept that we are the lowest people on the earth the way we are responding to Kabir khan Ahsaan. He is our hero like our other team players. If any stupid make stupid comment he might be not originally Afghan but the enemy of Afghans. We should reject such kind of fanaticism which is not logical

  • jan_cricket on August 24, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    I fully agree with ACB's decision on sacking Kabir Khan and Latif, I think it was the right time to kick these ISI agents out of Afghanistan coz they (Kabir and co.) for the last year or so started creating teams within afghan team as u can see within Pakistani team. So, ACB is not stupid like PCB and let everything happen, Kabir Khan started playing politics and were trying to rip off ACB with their stupid plans, he thinks that no he is the only one. Let's be honest who knew this guy Kabir Khan it is all because of Afghan Cricket team that everyone knows and respects him other than that he was….

  • on August 24, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Yeah, It is really sadfull for ACB to loss such as coaches Kabir Khan was the great he really did well and today where ever Afghani team is it's all because of that Haji Sahib Kabir, How ever Rashid didn't do well with Afghani team he has to expend at least the term of his contract and then asked for new demands, being an Afghan I pray for my team to keep going like conquires of the cricket grounds and hope that something occured which will be in the benifit of Afghani team, further more hopeful that ACB should think about all factors of an action and then take a step on it, and my own suggestion is for ACB to re-hire Haji Kabir and i am sure he will accept it because he loves Afghan nation and and love his own cricketing plants which he made in processes of growthing since three years, Mr. Latif is not as much important as Kabir Khan for Afghani team and i am sure that Afghani team also very upset with things going.

    Basir Ahmadi Executive Assistant Chancellor Kardan University

  • Meety on August 24, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    I also believe that ACB should get a couple of spots in the Pakistan domestic comp. This would help raise the standard of competition for Afghan players.

  • Meety on August 24, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    I certainly hope the ICC keeps a closer eye on this than they did in Zimbabwe & Kenya!

  • Meety on August 24, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Do we really need to have this squabbling amongst Paki, Afghan & the odd Indian? The blog is about a couple of coaches being sacked. I hope Afghanistan doesn't go down the Pakistan/Kenya route and shoot themselves in the foot with poor decision - making at the top. Kenya were on the verge of Test status in 2000 to 2003, but the Board squandered grants & did not invest in youth & they have now dropped down the list below Ireland, Scotland & Afghanistan. The ACB needs to form a strong working relationship with Pakistan, much the same way as Australia & NZ have. Given Pakistan has no home Internationals in the forseeable future, an annual series against Afghanistan, (who also don't have home matches), would be mutually beneficial. You would think that Pakistan would be too strong in these matches, but the fight the Afghans have in them could make it interesting. I say have a 5 match series each year. First year Pakistan has 3 home games to Afghan 2, then the following year Afghan has 3.

  • SSAfghan on August 30, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Hey you all that have said so many things about Afghan Cricket and also about sucking Rashid Latif and Kabir Khan by ACB. If ACB hadn't fired these two coaches from pakistan then we would have been the victim of fraudulent, bribery and other improper doings which happen in match fixing "as Pakistan has vast experience and is master of it" , also our nation integrity would have come under big big question. Good job ACB for sucking those two coaches in order to save our cricketing future from match fixing allegations and dishonesty.

  • on August 26, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    hey mohaib khan u r the biggest namak haram we afghan rescued u from punjabi attacks in the past then we converted u to Islam now u r talking rubbish about Afghanistan u have really forgotten u r fathers.

    as far ACB is concerned well Mr.Karzai needs to do some thg just change these idiots and hire Raees Ahmadzai or other sportsmen and we wish kabir khan all the very best and if he did any imp activities or bad thgs then may Alah punish him other than that we really need a foreign Coach i hope An Australian or Englishman or maybe and Indian would be hired long live Afghanistan and long live our cricket team

  • on August 25, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    This ACB is made of currupt people who are only thinking on how to save their jobs so they can steal all the coming money to cricket. I am realy sad that Latif and Kabir Khan left. We need Kabir Khan back.

    I want Mr. President Karzai to kick-out the current ACB officials. We do not need Doctors, engineers, we want professional people (with cricket knowledge) in ACB.

  • akskada on August 24, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    ok, i get it now... it's all about having an Indian coach for the Afghan team... now don't be surprised when you see Afghans YET AGAIN forgetting Pakistan's support after having wrecked havoc on Pakistan's resources during 1977-to date, learning all their cricket from Pakistan, having a Pakistani coach who coached them even to international ODI status... Rashid Latif was an idiot asking PCB to have an ODI series with Afghanistan, and PCB made at least one right decision by refusing him... Go Afghan team Go!!!... dunno wat luck wud u have with an Indian coach when even India doesn't want one for its team.. :-)

  • on August 24, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    I am Afghan and I love my team like my own body parts,but most of our Afghans brothers do not know the basic issue in of inside the team, Afghan team is running by one family members now. If anyone want to find out the truth they will find that this team is dominated by the minister family now.I was really expecting that something like this will happened to Afghanistan cricket team pretty soon which happened. because i know that how one family is taking advantage from this team. We should be thankful to Kabir khan and also Rashid Latif that they accepted Afghanistan cricket couching. Now some of them called them ISI agents We should be shameful for our act instead of blaming them. As Afghan I accept that we are the lowest people on the earth the way we are responding to Kabir khan Ahsaan. He is our hero like our other team players. If any stupid make stupid comment he might be not originally Afghan but the enemy of Afghans. We should reject such kind of fanaticism which is not logical

  • jan_cricket on August 24, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    I fully agree with ACB's decision on sacking Kabir Khan and Latif, I think it was the right time to kick these ISI agents out of Afghanistan coz they (Kabir and co.) for the last year or so started creating teams within afghan team as u can see within Pakistani team. So, ACB is not stupid like PCB and let everything happen, Kabir Khan started playing politics and were trying to rip off ACB with their stupid plans, he thinks that no he is the only one. Let's be honest who knew this guy Kabir Khan it is all because of Afghan Cricket team that everyone knows and respects him other than that he was….

  • on August 24, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Yeah, It is really sadfull for ACB to loss such as coaches Kabir Khan was the great he really did well and today where ever Afghani team is it's all because of that Haji Sahib Kabir, How ever Rashid didn't do well with Afghani team he has to expend at least the term of his contract and then asked for new demands, being an Afghan I pray for my team to keep going like conquires of the cricket grounds and hope that something occured which will be in the benifit of Afghani team, further more hopeful that ACB should think about all factors of an action and then take a step on it, and my own suggestion is for ACB to re-hire Haji Kabir and i am sure he will accept it because he loves Afghan nation and and love his own cricketing plants which he made in processes of growthing since three years, Mr. Latif is not as much important as Kabir Khan for Afghani team and i am sure that Afghani team also very upset with things going.

    Basir Ahmadi Executive Assistant Chancellor Kardan University

  • Meety on August 24, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    I also believe that ACB should get a couple of spots in the Pakistan domestic comp. This would help raise the standard of competition for Afghan players.

  • Meety on August 24, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    I certainly hope the ICC keeps a closer eye on this than they did in Zimbabwe & Kenya!

  • Meety on August 24, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Do we really need to have this squabbling amongst Paki, Afghan & the odd Indian? The blog is about a couple of coaches being sacked. I hope Afghanistan doesn't go down the Pakistan/Kenya route and shoot themselves in the foot with poor decision - making at the top. Kenya were on the verge of Test status in 2000 to 2003, but the Board squandered grants & did not invest in youth & they have now dropped down the list below Ireland, Scotland & Afghanistan. The ACB needs to form a strong working relationship with Pakistan, much the same way as Australia & NZ have. Given Pakistan has no home Internationals in the forseeable future, an annual series against Afghanistan, (who also don't have home matches), would be mutually beneficial. You would think that Pakistan would be too strong in these matches, but the fight the Afghans have in them could make it interesting. I say have a 5 match series each year. First year Pakistan has 3 home games to Afghan 2, then the following year Afghan has 3.

  • on August 24, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    wowo... Afghanistan will find better coach then Kabir and Rashid . this time Indian cricket board have help afghanistan for coaching becoz the Indian are good supporter in other side for Afghanistan now.

  • Ahsa on August 24, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    ACB did very well, Pakistan has been never had loyalty to Afghanistan in politics, in war and now in the sports field. Look when Rashid new that Kabir's resignation has been approved so he stared black mailing ACB to increase his Salary and other benifits, because he know that ACB will be in big need of Coach and its good time to threat the ACB. So they are opportunist. They were not here to help Afghan Cricket they were here for just to make the dollors. So I think its good time for ACB to have new coaches from other countries and I am 100% sure they will be better then previous coaches.

  • jopa on August 24, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Reading some of the comments was a bit hilarious.... Sure Kabir Khan did give a great service by coaching the Agghan team, but remember that every coach's tenure will end, though he deserved to go out in a ceremonious way...

    The comment about how Afgan people should be grateful/indebted to Pakistan reminds me of something.... Pakistan itself dosent care about the tradition and fatherliness of the Indian tradition, the father and motherland of all Pakistanis.... Hilarious to mention about indebtedness....

  • IGL2010 on August 24, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Latif is over rated it is better this happened now. Latif has always had problems in the past ready to quit at the first issue. No knowledge how to mange and build a team. Ever since he claimed the catch after knowingly picking from the ground he has lost all respect. And these stupid comments and actions from him justify that he is fake.

  • on August 23, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    "Two good coaches can't wrong at the same time. Its is the management who is the real culprit and creating hurdles in exercising coaches authority." ^Very well said Falaky. /End of discussion.

  • carny on August 23, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    afghans has the right to hate pcb and ignore their offers because they are bunch of jokers. but they must respect individual players from pakistan like rashid latif who is running his own academy and can give advice to afghan's with his experience. don't forget pakistan is the country who is supporting Afghanistan in hard times and have already saved them from soviet union occupation.the conditions are miserable there and nobody would even help them when kabir khan did.Pakistan has already taken millions of afghans refugees like brothers and sisters when there was no solution.dont make your problems ours because the war is already spread out from your country to ours.

  • on August 23, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    I got a good chuckle out of Redds comments. I don't think he realizes that a good chunk of Afghanistani players learnt their trade in Pakistan, or the fact that Kabir Khan lifted the side from relative obscurity to the crown associates in a meagre two years... But since they are Pakistani it means its a death warrant? That's just ridiculous. And I think you need to grow up, nowhere in this wrold will anybody do anything for anyone without personal gain. So i dont think that the BCCI will send a coach for free. Its impossible to imagine anything BCCI not worth a few bucks... I don't think this has occured to you but somehow the PCB does not represent the collective population of Pakistan.

  • Peace_Lover on August 23, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    I play for a Club in Peshawar and players like Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Hamid Hassan, Shabir Noori, Noor Ali, Raees, Noor ul Haq, Dawlat we all played together.. They are playing international cricket only because of Pakistan because they are raised here and learned their cricket here (With us of course) .. They are allowed to play on our grounds .. And Thanks to Kabir Khan they are playing at this level .. He was a great coach for them .. and all the players were 100 % satisfied with him (you can ask any player if you want to) .. And about Rashid Latif .. Well ACB really missed a great opportunity .. Because the pair of Kabir Khan and Rashid Latif was really needed for better future of Afghanistan .. They are still new to international arena and as i have insider information their board is facing some serious inside problems at the moment .. Everybody wants power (politics involved)

  • on August 23, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    btw those who don't know Kabir khan is also from Pakistan. He has done alot for the Afghan Cricket look at Afghan cricket now they have sense of belonging now in the world stage.

  • dr_aziz_wahcantt on August 23, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    @Redds66 ... lolzzz at you. How can one be so irrational and biased? ACB because of some obvious reasons never appreciated Pakistan's and even Kabir's role despite the fact that Pakistan introduced, taught and coached cricket to them. The man who raised them from 6th grade to World T20 and official ODI status within a year or so has been sacked so unceremoniously and no tear has been shed in Afghanistan? Now an Indian will be hired very soon. I was expecting this ever since Afghanistan reached world T20.

  • on August 23, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Redds66 is absolutely spot on - ACB should take no help from Pakistani's and instead should ask BCCI to send expertise in - especially how to light an insurgency! Afghans being the most ungrateful nation has forgotten the 4 million refugees that lived in pakistan for more than a decade and the help extended to the mujahideen - preferring allegiances with those who are hell bent on destroying Pakistan. Along with the beyghairat rulers of Pakistan.

  • shyda123 on August 23, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Rashid Latif and Kabir Khan, were experts to improve the cricket in the country. I believe as Afghani, shame on ACB, I don't event who is this stupid shinwaree, has he played or know anything about cricket, these guys destroyed the whole country and now they running cricket admin. I would say Pakistan and Pakistanis are far clever then us. I admire kabir khan for even accepting to coach afghans and the great rashid latif, I don't know how he got agree to do this job to administered bunch of illiterates and animals. I don't believe that, but shame on afghan cricket.

  • on August 23, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    afghanistan has some raw talent , they need a good coaching panel and then it will be no longer we see afghanistan in one day cricket

  • on August 23, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    wow... they did learn cricket from Pakistan.. with no reason they just sacked their most successful coach ever.

  • Saddam_Rasool on August 23, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    @Redds66: I simply laughed at your comments. " India can not only send a good coach but also send him for free. The money can be used to do other things." Since when BCCI started doing anything that has nothing to do with money. They are playing so much cricket just to make money and we havent heard anything from that has anything to with helping others. And about Rashids keeping, well he was one the best keepers that world has seen. Apart from that he has done alot of coaching in Pakistan at the grass root level and Pakistan has already seeing some good players coming from his coaching clinics. Under 19 world cup saw few.

    But please keep amusing us with your jokes. Thanks

  • bharath74 on August 23, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Hopefully ACB(afghan) will not turn out into PCB. Latif had great future plans for Afghan and Kabir Khan is responsible for the great cricket these Afghans are playing now. You just cant ignore Kabir Khan, its like using him and not respecting him for the personal sacrifices he has done to coach Afghanistan at a time where nobody even wanted to visit Afghanistan. If ACB thinks its time to get foreign coaches, they should have offered some other cricket related position to Kabir Khan.

  • Zahidsaltin on August 23, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    @Abasin Even they do not need to be thankfull to Pakistan but at least respect the coach who was instrumental in taking you from 6th grade to the top. I think the players needed to show soliderity with Kabir and they should collectively stand up to the bad guys. People who know cricket , know that Rashid Latif is the best available coach in pakistan and whole public in pakistan would like him to be pakistan coach but our own corrupt administrators won't have an honest person.

  • Falaky on August 23, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Two good coaches can't wrong at the same time. Its is the management who is the real culprit and creating hurdles in exercising coaches authority. Afghans really need to developed and they need people like Rashid Latif, who holds the massive experience in developing cricketing nurseries. Wish Afghanis good luck for their quest for the best.

  • LeftBrain on August 23, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Well it all boils down to what is good for Afghan cricket, isnt it? And they will be better of listenning to the people who know in-side-out of cricket. Afghan cricket officials may not be as corrupt as their rest of the system, but they sure cant compare themselves with the knowledge Rashid Latif has. Thier in-ability to stage even a single ODI against a test nation in 18 months tells us how capable they are, and with an attitude like this, they wont help youngsters in their country.

    I hope they dont think that by having same abbreviation like Australia (ACB) makes them a cricketing nation as good as Australia! They have a lot to do and Rashid's helping hand is just the right thing for them.

  • hashab1 on August 23, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    It's good he quit. Now the patron of the Pakistan cricket board should name Rashid Latif the chairman of the PCB.

  • Redds66 on August 23, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Wake up ACB. Even approaching Pak for help was signing a death warrant. What and where has Pakistan been of help to Afghanistan. Latif was an ordinary cricketer who found more fame shouting from roof tops about what was wrong with every body else. On the field he was as ordinary as ordinary can be. There are other boards ACB should look up to like the BCCI. India can not only send a good coach but also send him for free. The money can be used to do other things.

  • on August 23, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    I say ban Afghanis playing on Pakistani soil. Let them go to India and practice over there. Rashid sacrificed his entire cricketing career for rising against match-fixing, if he was really money-hungry, he would have rather fixed matches and earned more then ACB could pay him. And if he did ask for more money due to a higher role, is it wrong? If someone gets promoted, is it in name only or with perks too? I am sure now Mr. Kabeer Khan and Rashid Latif would know better then to go to these places, I knew Afghanis were too arrogant to start with, they bite the hand which feeds them!

  • on August 23, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    i find it funny howcome u promote a dude wdouut giving extra enefit nd i must say ACB must get wise by not disturbing professionals as tey are not that expert in criecketing afairs as yet

  • wanderer1 on August 23, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    @Ahmad Zubair, it was the ACB who approached the Pakistani players NOT the other way around. And Pakistan has been Afghan crickets biggest supporter and sponsorer. Without Pakistani help with equipment, grounds, training, money etc Afghan cricket wouldn't even be around. I knew this was gonna happen sooner or later. As Afghanistan starts winning politics starts coming into play and more board interference. Criticising Kabir Khan for not enforcing the follow on in a match even though they won is just petty.And Rashid Latif probably has his own reasons as well, he's an open and honest man and wouldn't just abandon his post.

  • shahrukh619 on August 23, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    @ ahmad zubair its not about the money, its about that the coach cant do anything, ACB is being a jerk and r not allowing the coaches wat to do.

  • on August 23, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    i really HATE cricket boards interfering in onfield affairs

  • on August 23, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    afghanis cant even get rid of war in their country,yet they start fighting with coaching staff and try to dictate,if thats the respect they give to rashid latif and kabeer khan then their team must be banned from practising and playing in pakistan forever...

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    this is because afghan people has a new exposure to outer world so they are keen to enjoy life in other countries ....... lol

  • stabish on August 23, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    To me this is a big blow to afghan cricket they couldn't have find a better person as a coach then Rashid Latif. Look @ his establishment in Pakistan with the new field & bringing young talent is remarkable & would have benefited ACB but all in no vail. I hope they find a good coach who can bring the team to the top playing ODI nations. Good luck ACB

  • fk2000 on August 23, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    If the team coach resigned and Rashid Latif was expected to take on both roles, it makes sense that he would get double the salary. According to the article, the main contention Latif had was that the Afghan team should be training in Afghanistan and not in Sharjah or Dubai, which makes complete sense. The same has been said by national team players. How will the sport grow in Afghanistan if even the training is done in foreign countries. If the Afghan cricket board spends money like this, they will be out of money within a year or two which will hurt their development and may lead to the loss of ODI status. Rashid Latif doesn't need to go to Afghanistan to make money (is that a joke?), he runs a very succesful academy in Karachi and has already achieved a lot. His presense could only have helped the Afghan team. Too bad for them.

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I think we have to be thankfull of Pak. players helping built our Players! and If there is money to be earned so what! let them do it. What have ACB done sofar! Any major achievements?!

    we need proper facilities where is all the money going!..?! ACB is not a Hospital to bring some Doctors! (Dr.H Shinwari e.t.c) we need people who know about cricket! who atleast understand how it functionz! Sorry about the team and fans!

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Rashid Latif has done a great job in karachi by highlighting potential superstatrs for pakistan in the past (younis kha is just one of them). If he gave ACB a plan, it should have been considered, not too sure about the commnets about him asking for more money, it does not sound like him. Everyone knows that there is too much corruption in Afganistan. I hope that soon there can be an Pak -Afghan match in pakistan, as cricket will return soon to pakistan. Inshallah.

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Its ok that Rashid Latif has resigned. But Kabir Khan Resignation is great blow because he was one that guided them to the right path and gave them great confidence to play at highest level.

    Kabir khan was quite proud of team and once in interview he said that he is quite proud to be afghan coach and wished that he has represented Afhanistan as a player being pashtun.

    It is very unfortunate

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Jitne Munh Utni Batien....... I think as a Pakistani Player i will never join Afghan Cricket Team as a Coach... Bcoz They Are Namak Haram......

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    What the heck is going on?? ACB really need to change its management. All the problem is in the ACB management. Now it is time that old Afghan players like Raees Ahmadzai step in and either act as a coach or replace some stupids in ACB. Or another way can be that Raees start coaching the batting line and internally Hameed and Shapoor help the bowling line till we get good coaches and the ACB managemetn is replaced.

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    we don't need to Rashid latif our cricket board should bring new couch form other country not from Pakistan they have to choose one of from these country like India or AUS or UK

  • nabeel89 on August 23, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    @ Ahmad Zubair:

    it's not about the politics Mr. You're forgetting the point that PCB is much more established and has alot more money than ACB and it's the PCB that allows the Afghan players to play at their grounds and stuff and it was the Afghan board that hired Rashid Latif. He didn't go begging them because they had money? Everyone wants freedom in their job, no 1 wants to be told what to do when you're put in charge. So let the man handle the job? it your own board that's playing the politics not other people. I think Rashid highlighted the same points as one of your players did too? so i don't know where you're coming from mate!

  • akskada on August 23, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @Ahmad Zubair: Come on.. Can't you see that he requested coaching camps to be established in Jalalabad/Kabul instead of Sharjah?? Living in UAE to coach Afghan team is a lot more better option (both money wise and living standard) than Afghanistan... if he's proposing a long term plan while choosing to live in Afghanistan, you still think he's after money??

  • on August 23, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    comm an man, it is not Afghan-Pak politic, is is sport.

    why pakistani players are suddenly interested in ACB? simple answer is money, becouse ACB is in the right track, and there is oppurtunity of get money.

    ACB is capable to manage its own busines without any inteference of pakistani players, respect for them, but i hope ACB recognize this, do not allow any pakistani particaption.

    Mr. Rashid Latif quite his job after a week, comm on it is not kindergarten, first he agree something, then he realise there are lots of oppurtunity bu getting more money. it is unblievable.

  • on August 23, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    If this is true, If Rashid asked for double salary, then it's cool!

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  • on August 23, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    If this is true, If Rashid asked for double salary, then it's cool!

  • on August 23, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    comm an man, it is not Afghan-Pak politic, is is sport.

    why pakistani players are suddenly interested in ACB? simple answer is money, becouse ACB is in the right track, and there is oppurtunity of get money.

    ACB is capable to manage its own busines without any inteference of pakistani players, respect for them, but i hope ACB recognize this, do not allow any pakistani particaption.

    Mr. Rashid Latif quite his job after a week, comm on it is not kindergarten, first he agree something, then he realise there are lots of oppurtunity bu getting more money. it is unblievable.

  • akskada on August 23, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @Ahmad Zubair: Come on.. Can't you see that he requested coaching camps to be established in Jalalabad/Kabul instead of Sharjah?? Living in UAE to coach Afghan team is a lot more better option (both money wise and living standard) than Afghanistan... if he's proposing a long term plan while choosing to live in Afghanistan, you still think he's after money??

  • nabeel89 on August 23, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    @ Ahmad Zubair:

    it's not about the politics Mr. You're forgetting the point that PCB is much more established and has alot more money than ACB and it's the PCB that allows the Afghan players to play at their grounds and stuff and it was the Afghan board that hired Rashid Latif. He didn't go begging them because they had money? Everyone wants freedom in their job, no 1 wants to be told what to do when you're put in charge. So let the man handle the job? it your own board that's playing the politics not other people. I think Rashid highlighted the same points as one of your players did too? so i don't know where you're coming from mate!

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    we don't need to Rashid latif our cricket board should bring new couch form other country not from Pakistan they have to choose one of from these country like India or AUS or UK

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    What the heck is going on?? ACB really need to change its management. All the problem is in the ACB management. Now it is time that old Afghan players like Raees Ahmadzai step in and either act as a coach or replace some stupids in ACB. Or another way can be that Raees start coaching the batting line and internally Hameed and Shapoor help the bowling line till we get good coaches and the ACB managemetn is replaced.

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Jitne Munh Utni Batien....... I think as a Pakistani Player i will never join Afghan Cricket Team as a Coach... Bcoz They Are Namak Haram......

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Its ok that Rashid Latif has resigned. But Kabir Khan Resignation is great blow because he was one that guided them to the right path and gave them great confidence to play at highest level.

    Kabir khan was quite proud of team and once in interview he said that he is quite proud to be afghan coach and wished that he has represented Afhanistan as a player being pashtun.

    It is very unfortunate

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Rashid Latif has done a great job in karachi by highlighting potential superstatrs for pakistan in the past (younis kha is just one of them). If he gave ACB a plan, it should have been considered, not too sure about the commnets about him asking for more money, it does not sound like him. Everyone knows that there is too much corruption in Afganistan. I hope that soon there can be an Pak -Afghan match in pakistan, as cricket will return soon to pakistan. Inshallah.

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I think we have to be thankfull of Pak. players helping built our Players! and If there is money to be earned so what! let them do it. What have ACB done sofar! Any major achievements?!

    we need proper facilities where is all the money going!..?! ACB is not a Hospital to bring some Doctors! (Dr.H Shinwari e.t.c) we need people who know about cricket! who atleast understand how it functionz! Sorry about the team and fans!