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Rashid Latif steps down as Afghanistan coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 14, 2011

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Afghanistan coach Rashid Latif supervises a training session at a local cricket stadium in Islamabad, May 28, 2011
Rashid Latif has decided to end his time as Afghanistan coach © AFP
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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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Posted by   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

Posted by   on (June 15, 2011, 16:52 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by haha1 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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 .

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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...

Posted by   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...

Posted by zunaid003 on (June 14, 2011, 14:12 GMT)

@KarachiKid: For ur kind information, Latif was banned for 5 mathches for claiming a fake catch against Bangladesh, which eventually won by Pakistan by 1 wicket with Inzimams heroics. He never got chance to play International match after that. It's obvious a man without a moral can show such irresponsibility.

Posted by CricketChat on (June 14, 2011, 13:22 GMT)

Disappointing Latif decided to leave after only less than a yr. One of the mandatory traits of any coach is to overcome personal differences to achieve the player and team objectives, so I doubt if Latif can become a successful coach in the future. Anyway, best wishes to Afghan cricket. I hope they will be make further strides in cricket as they are already in the top 3 at associate level.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

Its not Latif who is spineless its actually the team which is spineless, i bet even if they get a very high profile Australian player as their coach they will still remain a spineless team.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

in point of my view we need peter kirsten whom name is on the top five coachs for Afghanistan cricket team .

Posted by KarachiKid on (June 14, 2011, 12:49 GMT)

Karan, Rashid Latif can be anything but spineless. He is an intelligent cricketer with a lot of knowledge and upright moral character (his whistle blower role in match and spot fixing). It seems that Afghan players did not want to work with his and he felt that as well. I think resigning from the position is a respectable thing to do. And he did that.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 14, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

Is it a joke or what. Did they really expected to win against Pakistan A. They might have won that T20 game in Asian games but then T20 is something else where always a possibility of a upset. But otherwise Afghans need to know their game and be prepared to lose to any first class team in Pakistan. A team which has only a couple of players able to be chosen as first class players cant just dream of beating big guys. And its nothing more than a joke, if they start replacing their coaches after every defeat to a test playing nation. Then they will need to have some 20 coaches every year. As per Rashid Latif's coaching, everyone knows that his academy have produced many good players for pakistan and he is ranked high in this regard. I think problem in Afghanistan is the same as in Pakistan. Cricket board and player power.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2011, 11:37 GMT)

An irresponsible guy like him should have never got a respectable post of a coach. He is a spineless and weak character to step down after only series lost. A new team has to go through a lot of this which models them to start winning some games ultimately. Afghanistan should forget that he even was their coach and not get unnerved as he leaves the team mid-way. I had respect for this man, but now i have to rethink as he leaves a team in the middle.

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