Afghanistan news June 14, 2011

Rashid Latif steps down as Afghanistan coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rashid Latif has finally stepped down as coach of Afghanistan after weeks of growing discontent within the squad about the coach. His resignation has been accepted by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

"I take responsibility for the series defeat to Pakistan A and am therefore stepping down from the position," Latif told ESPNcricinfo. "I cannot continue any longer because of my own commitments."

Latif joined the side as batting coach in July last year, eventually taking over as head coach after Kabir Khan left the post abruptly in August. Under his watch, the side beat Pakistan in the T20 semi-finals of the Asian Games before losing to Bangladesh in the final. They also beat Scotland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and Canada in a warm-up game for the 2011 World Cup.

But they were whitewashed in three 50-over games by a Pakistan 'A' side in Pakistan last month, after which murmurs of the players' and board officials' unhappiness with Latif grew. Latif is said to believe that some players deliberately underperformed in the series against Pakistan 'A' to undermine his position.

Latif's contract with the board was till July 20th. It is believed the players are now keen to bring Kabir back as coach, though he is currently with UAE.

"I enjoyed my stint with Afghanistan and learnt a lot from the players and about the culture as well," Latif said. "I am happiest that we held camps in Afghanistan for training and hope that more grounds are built there because that is how they will progress further. I wish them the best of luck for the future."

Afghanistan don't play again until August, when they take on Canada in an Intercontinental Cup game in Canada followed by two one-day internationals.

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  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    It is best that Rashid Latif steps down as Afghanistan coach and Afghanistan must find the new coach from India or Australia etc

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    good luck afghanistan, you guys can do better if ICC supports you well

  • Naqibullah on June 15, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    It is best to brig Kabir Khan as bowling Coach and hire a new batting coach from England or south Africa the Team will learn more from them.

  • Mark on June 15, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    There is avery good coach in the pacific Islands who would be good for this team, his team Vanuatu beat Peter Kirstens (Zambia) team in WCL 8 lats Nov, you dont have to have played International cricket to be a good coach!

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    I just don't understand why people from different countries vent their biases and disdain for each other on these cricket forums. Afghanistan, a traditionally football playing nation, is still new to cricket. They will improve no doubt. In the 80s who would have thought that Sri Lanka would so rapidly emerge as a cricketing power. That how sport in nations progress. I wouldn't be surprised to see Ireland or the United States to be a cricket power in the coming 10 to 15 years. So guys, since most of us are cricket enthusiasts or perhaps club cricketers (and not internationals), let keep it clean and decent. As for Rashid Latif, best of luck with your future endeavors and Afganistan will have their days of glory.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Pakistan A team was full of ex international players and seriously 95% of the first class teams from top countries will beat them easily .

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    @saltan the pak side were full of national players and they were more professional than our players . We need more practice and an experience coach to develope our team. Then wait the time will clear it

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @saltan the pak side were full of national players and they were more professional than our players . We need more practice and an experience coach to develope our team. Then wait the time will clear it

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Afghan people respected Rashid Latif alot and his salary was US $ 13000 per month...but as a coach he should have taken responcibilities, as Afghanistan needed him but he spent most of his time in Karachi, and he didn't want to go to SRI Lanka with Afghan players for practice of their future fixtures...but soon U will see talent of Afghan players with new coach...

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Dear Zahid Saltin

    Don't you know how Afghan players are talented...Afghanistan would have easily beaten Pakistan A if our bowlers like Hamid Hassan were fit...and one thing more that Pakistani umpires were not honest with Afghan bowlers...U can see highlights of those games...

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