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Latif's future with Afghanistan still unclear

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 11, 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's contract as Afghanistan coach expires on July 20 © AFP
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Uncertainty continues to surround Rashid Latif's position as Afghanistan coach, after an Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) official said his contract would not be renewed. Latif, however, says he has not been contacted yet about any decision.

Following the 3-0 series defeat to Pakistan 'A' last month Latif had said he was disappointed with the attitude and effort put in by some of the players, who he believed did not perform to the best of their abilities because they wanted to see former coach Kabir Khan back in the post.

Now, according to a report in the Pakistan newspaper The News the ACB has decided against renewing Latif's contract. "We believe he has failed to fulfill our expectations and that has prompted us to look at other options," ACB chief executive Naseemullah Danish told the newspaper. "We all respect Latif, but the recent drubbing at the hands of Pakistan A forced us to ponder over our future. We need someone who is mentally tough and does not make lame excuses for defeats.

"I can tell you that we have received the CVs from England and one of them is a big name with a ten years coaching experience in county cricket, and he is likely to be appointed as our batting coach."

Latif told ESPNcricinfo, however, that his contract was currently valid until the end of next month. "I have not been contacted about this. My contract is valid as far as I know till July 20th," he said.

Danish said the board is looking to reappoint Khan as bowling coach. "Kabir will help us in two ways, firstly he is very close to our players and secondly he will help our players understand what the foreign coach will instruct them, since most of our players cannot understand and communicate in English."

The former Pakistan fast bowler Kabir has been coaching United Arab Emirates since October last year after his stint as Afghanistan coach ended abruptly in August 2010; alleged interference from ACB officials forced him to leave the team then.

The situation, however, may not be as clear-cut as it appears. It is believed that there has been contact between ACB chairman Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and Latif in a bid to clear the fog around what has gone wrong between team members and Latif during the Pakistan 'A' series. That intervention, observers believe, may yet have a role to play in the conclusion of this matter.

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Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 4:31 GMT)

Well Latif has tried his best for Afghanistan and for me Kabir Khan was best coach for Afghanistan, I hope ACB get him back, he know how to coach our players

Posted by OrthodoxSlips on (June 11, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

Where is the Afghan cricket team based? Kabul? Are there any dedicated cricket grounds in Afghanistan?

Posted by mso797 on (June 11, 2011, 17:34 GMT)

jus wondering can afganistan afford an english coach

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

Afghanistan should keep Kabir Khan and Rashid Latif to take them at higher level also look for ENGLAND Coach to communicate in English.They will cover all corner.Afghanistan should always thankful to Pakistan without pakistan they will not progress.They should have un-conditional support in all departments.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

Latif should be replaced at any coast...we need Kabir Khan as our balling coach as he had shown his ability of coaching at the time he was the coach of AFG team...and a long with balling coach we need a good batting coach from England, South Africa, India Or Sri Lanka. a coach who has the experience of the coaching...then i am sure that our team will improve soon as they have the talent already.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 15:40 GMT)

As for as i am concerned about the coaching job,latif should be replaced with kabir khan and one extraordinary man like dave waitmore the former srilankan and bangali coach he should be the excellent man to do the job

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