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Latif contemplates Afghanistan exit

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 9, 2011

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The Afghanistan players and coach Rashid Latif arrive for their series against Pakistan A, Islamabad, May 23, 2011
Rashid Latif may not renew his head coaching contract with Afghanistan © AFP
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Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan captain, could be on his way out as Afghanistan coach as a result of differences that have arisen between him and certain board members and players following the team's recent tour of Pakistan. ESPNcricinfo has learned that Latif suspects some of the players deliberately underperformed in an attempt to have him removed as coach, and may not be willing to extend his contract when it expires on July 31.

Afghanistan were whitewashed 3-0 by Pakistan A and Latif expressed disappointment with the attitude and effort put in by some of the players, who he believes did not give 100% because they would like to see their former coach, Kabir Khan, back in the post. He had previously said the team's poor results were down to a lack of regular international cricket.

However, team manager Shafiq Aswat told ESPNcricinfo that while Latif was indeed unhappy with the performance of the team, he hadn't noticed any signs of disagreements or general unhappiness. "Atmosphere is very pleasant in the dressing room. The players respect Latif as the coach."

Aswat said Latif and the Afghanistan board are still negotiating the terms of a new contract but hopes "both sides agree and we will bring him back". Otherwise, he said, they would have to get a new coach.

This is not the first time Afghanistan board officials have been rumoured to be meddling in team affairs. The team's biggest win under Latif came in last year's Asian Games, when they upset Pakistan in the T20 competition.

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Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

Rashid latif is a great coach the problem is in Afghanistan players they do not prictce regularly

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

we want both of them Latif is batting coach and kabir khan should be back as bowling coach . That would be best improving for our national Cricket Team. Hope U more success A.C.T WE R CHAMPIONS OUR TEAM IS CHAMPION.

Posted by Fzn1 on (June 10, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

Kabir Khan is good, but he doesn't have what it takes to take Afghanistan to a higher level of cricket. Rashid Latif on the other hand is a very accomplished coach, and his past successes, including the win over Pakistan in the T20 match are clear examples. Frankly, if the players don't want to play for a particular coach, no matter how good the coach is, he will not be able to do his job properly. Players need to buy-in 100% of what the coach is selling for the team to work as a unit and be successful. For some reason, in the game of cricket, coaches are given little or no respect compared to the players. However, when you look at all the other team sports, such as football or hockey, coaches play a very strong role in the success of the team.

Posted by bharath74 on (June 10, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

Kabir Khan is currently coaching UAE, he is past. Kabir Khan's contribution to Afghan cricket is immense and cant be forgotten but Afghan players can learn a lot from Rashid Latif as well. Afghan team should only focus on learning, that is the only way to move to next level.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 2:16 GMT)

Rashid Latif is a good coach, but he doesn't spend much of his time with the team. Rashid is more in Pakistan coaching his academy teams than in Afghanistan. He only is with the Afghan, when they participate in a tournament or travel to Pakistan. This is obviously not good coaching and yet he expects good performances from the team. Any team needs a coach to work with them for hours in a day. I suggest Rashid to resign from this post himself and pay his whole attention to academy teams he has in Pakistan. Thanks

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

well, Rashid is a good coach but we need someone who can works with our batsmans we have such great bowling line but we have problame in batting ,it,s better to ask from indian coach then we will see some changing in batting,Kabir should be a bowling coach.....

Posted by haha1 on (June 9, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

Another former International who it sounds like does not have the ability to relate to people!!! How many countries fall for the old EX International Coach trick..... STUPID STUPID boards!

Posted by likeintcricket on (June 9, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

Rashid is an awesome coach as he is running very good academies in Karachi. This is sad to know his relationship with Afghanistan didn't workout. I wish good luck to Afghanistan. As for Rashid I must say our sub continent needs coaches like him and soon he will a get a better offer from a good club or country.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 16:39 GMT)

We can't just ignore Afghanistan's win against Pakistan A in Asian games. I think there is a problem in team management.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:29 GMT)

FANTASTIC DECISION BY ACB...............keep it up....by coming rashid latif to Afghanistan team we have not even feel a single positive effect in our team in his period of work while the team was going down and down...best decision from ACB and KABIR KHAN is much better than him at least in Kabir Khan coaching the balling was amusing form AFG team and i remember that mostly AFG won matches were from their best balling performance we are going to WELCOME KABIR KHAN back to our team and will see the result of that very soon inshallah...best of luck for AFG team.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 15:21 GMT)

Kabir Khan should be brought back to coach the Afghans... he is the one who has make afghans play at this level. Latif is just taking the credit away frm kabir! Bring Back Kabir!

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