Afghanistan news September 15, 2010

Latif targets Tests for Afghanistan

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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.

  • 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.

  • POSTED BY hasan_aub on | September 16, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    @Anas Zubair "Afghanistan is much better at Test then Bangladesh at the moment".I suppose you dont watch test cricket nowadays.Did you see the 100 from tamim at lords.i dont think so.And the strokes against swann.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Afghanistan have lot of talent player specially bowlers but ICC should give them chance to play with international teams and that will be a good opportunity for afghan player to touch the success boundary, specially with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | September 16, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Really ? Just like other subcontinent batsmen (except a few) Afghanis too are not good when it comes to play short-balls. And we have witnessed it against South-Africa in the last T-20 WC. They had no clue when Steyn and Morkel were bowling. I'm not sure if Rashid Latif is the best option for this job but one thing is for sure he is an intelligent person who will educate Afghani players NOT to sell their country for money. Best of luck to both Afghanistan & Latif !

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | September 16, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Afghan deserves it. They are a far better side than Pakistan at the moment. Their patriot players are fighting hard in each and every game. Iam not surprised if they beat Pakistan in a Test or ODI.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 16, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    I'm glad that Test status is a hot topic at the moment. I think that Ireland & Afghan have the talent pool to compete against the lower end of the Test heirachy. My only doubt is how good their domestic cricket will be, also with Afghan. - who will play them in Afghan. I assume that Paki players would travel to Afghan to play them, much the same as I think Afghan. would travel to Pakistan. Don't know bout this fake passport mentioned here, I know that alot of Afghan cricketers grew up in Refugee camps in Pakistan & learned the game there. I think the first step for Afghanistan is to be admitted into the Paki first class competitions, maybe have 2 teams. This would then expose about 30/35 players per year to top competition, higher than what Bangladesh players face. England run Limited Over competitions where Ireland, Scotland & I think the Netherlands play in -this has to lift their standards. An Afghan/Paki/Nepal competition I think would be great for growth in that part of the world.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    @LSAF Bro, do not take naive ppl like MIHIR seriously. We Pakistanis support Afghans as they come up the intl. cricket ladder, the afghan national team was shown alot of support while training in Pakistan. Not only is Afghan history 1000s of yrs old, it is connected to Pakistans history as we have alot of common ancestry. I think Pakistan needs its own CRICKET LEAGUE, where we have 8 Pakistani teams, we invite 2 afghan teams, and 4 bengladesh team...run it like IPL, and it wll give alot of boost to cricket in all these three countries. Each teamcan be allowed 3 outside players...imagine akhtar bowling in a team which has Tamim iqbal and Imran nazir as its openers!I will cheer for the kandahar team:P, not Kabul! Rashid Latif is a good coach and i think he will take Afghan team to new heights.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Let's look forward to the day Afghanistan beat England in a Test Match at Lords :)

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Afghanistan playing tests in 2 years? Rubbish....

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    afghanistan has quality players like hamid hassan, shezad, samiullah shanwari, stanakzi, and zadran tall fast bowler which can play in pakistan side easily

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    with out a dought the afghans are talented if people did watche them playing in pakistan in domestic tornament they were brilient i must say out standing, but as my friend said "mihir_nam" they are pakistani afghans with fake pasport, its a brave move by rashid latif i respect him for that cause. well one thing as far as i know there home ground is in dubai cause there is a conflict in there country so they will be playing home matches in dubai or related areas.

  • POSTED BY LSAF on | September 15, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    @mihir_nam, Pakistan doesn't have any identity and history. Pakistan is only 63 years old whereas Afghanistan has 5000 years history. I understand that the our enemies are upset with the progress of over team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Afghanistan is much better at Test then Bangladesh at the moment. I say if Afghanistan gets the status then Ireland should get it also. Ireland and Afghanistan are very good teams and I say they can be very good if they are given Test Status. But if the new Test Championships Format is approved by the ICC offcials then we should go with 4 teams in the palyoffs are to be played against each other and you add 2 new teams in the format. Then each each year add 2 teams in the knock out rounds. If the teams are doing very bad then demote them to div 2. Thats what we do here in Calgary we have 3 divisions the tops teams move forward and the worse get demoted..

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | September 15, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Rashid Latif is the best coach Pakistan has ever produced, producing international superstars out of thin air. It was unfortunate for Pakistan that he was born in Karachi, and it was unfortunate that he was a man of absolute integrity and not only refused to be part of match fixing corrupt officials, he is at war with this corruption. If he says his aim to guide Afghanistan to test within two years, rest assured he will bring Afghanistan a senior contender to test cricket.

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | September 15, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    It is team made up of Pakistani's nationals with fake Afghan passport..just because ur last name is Afghan u cannot be Afghan player.. Ireland is waiting in que..then Kenya.. where there is not even ODI ground in Afghanistan.. Ofcourse BCCI will support them as it count one more vote for them

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    My only concern is -do not usher them too early into the Test arena. You do not want another Bangladesh who have not yet managed a single win against any full strength Test nation since their inception in 2000. [bar the under par Zim and WI]

  • POSTED BY Jose on | September 15, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Pakistan will lose a match to make Afghanistan to enter into Tests like they did against Bangladesh. Its as simple as that...

  • POSTED BY Hasso29 on | September 15, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Pakistan do alot for afghanistan but they dont have a soft corner for pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    best of luck rashid latif and afghanistan, you gys gonne rock.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Best of luck Rashid bhai. He looks a very sincere man and I reckon what he says then he can implement them. May he succeed in getting the test status for the Afghan cricket team within the next 2 years, amen.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    that.s good to see he come back but Kabir khan is our hero did alot,s for our team

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | September 15, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    it's too early to predict,, let them first play against A teams and also under19 worldcup. most importat issue is - security..because this country is badly influenced by Taliban terror & not sure about security for teams touring.

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | September 15, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    I think it is a positive move both by the great Rashid Latif and the ACB. Afghan team is talented and with proper coaching there is no reason they cant make it to test circle. Having Rashid as coach is also important as he will make sure that Afghan cricket do not fall under the ever present betting and money mafia of India. He is the only person in world cricket who really care about cleaning it, there are lots of other, including ICC, who do lip service only but Rashid is the guy who didnt even care about his career for the truth.

    I wish Rashid and Afghan cricket the best and hope to see them become successful in world ricket.

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | September 15, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Yes, they played a club cricket tournament here in Karachi and some of their players were quite good especially Mohammad Shehzad (keeper batsman), Hamid Hasan (fast bowler) and Samiullah Shenwari (leg spinner).

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  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | September 15, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Yes, they played a club cricket tournament here in Karachi and some of their players were quite good especially Mohammad Shehzad (keeper batsman), Hamid Hasan (fast bowler) and Samiullah Shenwari (leg spinner).

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | September 15, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    I think it is a positive move both by the great Rashid Latif and the ACB. Afghan team is talented and with proper coaching there is no reason they cant make it to test circle. Having Rashid as coach is also important as he will make sure that Afghan cricket do not fall under the ever present betting and money mafia of India. He is the only person in world cricket who really care about cleaning it, there are lots of other, including ICC, who do lip service only but Rashid is the guy who didnt even care about his career for the truth.

    I wish Rashid and Afghan cricket the best and hope to see them become successful in world ricket.

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | September 15, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    it's too early to predict,, let them first play against A teams and also under19 worldcup. most importat issue is - security..because this country is badly influenced by Taliban terror & not sure about security for teams touring.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    that.s good to see he come back but Kabir khan is our hero did alot,s for our team

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Best of luck Rashid bhai. He looks a very sincere man and I reckon what he says then he can implement them. May he succeed in getting the test status for the Afghan cricket team within the next 2 years, amen.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    best of luck rashid latif and afghanistan, you gys gonne rock.

  • POSTED BY Hasso29 on | September 15, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Pakistan do alot for afghanistan but they dont have a soft corner for pakistan

  • POSTED BY Jose on | September 15, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Pakistan will lose a match to make Afghanistan to enter into Tests like they did against Bangladesh. Its as simple as that...

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    My only concern is -do not usher them too early into the Test arena. You do not want another Bangladesh who have not yet managed a single win against any full strength Test nation since their inception in 2000. [bar the under par Zim and WI]

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | September 15, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    It is team made up of Pakistani's nationals with fake Afghan passport..just because ur last name is Afghan u cannot be Afghan player.. Ireland is waiting in que..then Kenya.. where there is not even ODI ground in Afghanistan.. Ofcourse BCCI will support them as it count one more vote for them