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Latif targets Tests for Afghanistan

Cricinfo staff

September 15, 2010

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Rashid Latif has explained that his aim during his tenure as Afghanistan's coach will be to take the national team towards Test status "within the next two years". Latif's turbulent relationship with Afghanistan cricket took a new twist after he returned to a coaching role with the national team days after stepping down as the Pakistan national academy's wicketkeeping coach, and barely a month after resigning as Afghanistan's batting coach.

"Cricket is now more popular than the bullet in Afghanistan and I am moved by the interest and the available talent in Afghanistan," Latif told AFP after confirming that discussions with the Afghan cricket authorities had led to his coaching placement. "Some of the Afghanistan players are so talented that they can break into any international team and my target will be to guide them to Test status within the next two years."

Latif resigned as the PCB's wicketkeeping coach after being issued a showcause notice by the board for remarks the former captain made about the ongoing spot-fixing scandal on a TV show. Latif had also worked with the Afghanistan national side as batting coach but he stepped down after a month in the post in August following coach Kabir Khan's sacking, citing irreconcilable differences with officials in the Afghan board.

"They are an exciting team and my thinking and mentality, as a straightforward person, matches that of the Afghan players. They, like me, cannot tolerate wrongdoing. I will leave if my chemistry doesn't work there.

"Afghanistan needs cricket to heal the scars of more than 30 years at war. It is my experience that with more and more cricket, the scars of war will be healed. A lot of people tried to dissuade me from travelling to Afghanistan but it is just like Karachi and I had no fear in Kabul or Jalalabad."

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Posted by   on (September 22, 2010, 3:34 GMT)

ICC should promote more teams and should have development programs for associates to become TEST nations

Posted by threeheadedmonkey on (September 21, 2010, 5:46 GMT)

Something people miss when looking at associates is that to become a test nation the ICC looks at much more then just talent on the field. The popularity of the sport needs to be there and the cash flow and potential earnings need to be there. The country also needs to have some decent stadiums and cricketing infrastructure in place. I strongly doubt we'll see Afghanistan promoted considering no international team would be willing to tour there for many many many years. It's sad but that's how i see it.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2010, 9:12 GMT)

i pray for you rashid latif

Posted by   on (September 17, 2010, 19:02 GMT)

hello Apache_Indian nobody can learn in the mum womb people are coming out with the inspiration and high hoping so u shouldn't compare Afghanistan with u r India as they obviously got a huge history in cricket and Afghanistan only associated with ICC in 2007. After their promotion from division 5 to one shows that they are good enthusiastic, deserving, and have the ability to do something miracle in today's cricket so it would be better to stop stereotyping people by only saying their navigate points and skip it from their valuable victories. i guess these facts are enough to educate u but if not u can fell free and feed me back ok desi!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2010, 10:30 GMT)

Rashid Latif is a strate forward man and he worked hard what ever assignment given to him, but due to his out- spoken behaviour he is always in not a good book with the PCB officials. I hope he will enjoy good relation with the Afghan cricket authorities, although Kabir Khan very hard to get the existing status of Afghan Cricket team, but when he found that un-necessary interfrance by the Afghan cricket Management in his work he found better to quit the job. It is too early to say that Afghan team will able to get the test status, they need hard work, next world cup will be turning point for them to show their skill and power and their position in the tournament than there will be chances to try for the big movement.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2010, 14:49 GMT)

afghanistan donot have much facilities like australia south africa and others.but now a days what they are playing is very good.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2010, 14:14 GMT)

I have personally played with two of the guys in Afghan National team in Hayatabad, Peshawar namely Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shinwari. I aslo know several other players personally such as Karim Sadiq, Hasti Gul, ex-coach Taj Malik and Allahdad Noori. Anyone who suggests they are Pakistani must be on dope or something. However I must admit there is at least one Pakistanis national, well now dual national among them. He's the shortest and the darkest of the side but definately the one of the best and my favourite. He's the wicket keeper Mohammad Shahzad who originally belongs to a village in Nowshar, Pakhtonkhwa. I beleive he's a much better player then all the current Pakistani wicket keepers by miles. Some people must have watched him playing in Ramadan Cup in Karachi recently where Mohammad Shahzad won the player of the tournment award.

Posted by LSAF on (September 16, 2010, 12:36 GMT)

@Harris Syed, I sincerely respect your comments and thoughts. It is obvious that our brotherhood and relations are unbreakable. We have so much in common whether it is religion, culture and so on. Afghans are grateful to Pakistanies for their support in very difficult time. Lets hope that things get well in the region so we can live in peace and prosperity.

Posted by jashan83 on (September 16, 2010, 8:51 GMT)

Afghanistan definitely have the potential to become the next Test team along with Ireland and Kenya. The south asian countries like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka should held teams like Afghanistan and Nepal to grow, groom & become test nations. Also these 3 teams should co ordinate with the BD Tigers and make these 6 teams a power house of cricket such that a South Asian Cup should be called as mini WC. People have said a rival to IPL tournament in South Asia. I ll say that it is simply a high wish as there are so so many roadblocks to it. First the Geographical Distances are huge to rule out the feasibility. Secondly security situation in many countries presently doesn't allow it. Thirdly the Private sector the proposed owner of such franchisee's do not have the economic clout as compared to the owner's of IPL. Money after all is the reason behind the success. Finally Divided we fall united we stand. Such a move will infact not be supported by any of the boards and players.

Posted by My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on (September 16, 2010, 6:03 GMT)

It seems, some Pakistanis like mihir_nam are not happy to see Afghanistan progressing in World Cricket. Fed up of seeing people bashing BCCI for no good reason.

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