Pakistan news April 9, 2014

Latif turns down Pakistan selector's role

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Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan captain, has refused to take up the role of chief selector offered by PCB chairman Najam Sethi. Latif was named head of the national selection committee in February, and his tenure was scheduled to start on April 1. Latif, though, has refused to sign the contract.

"I refuse PCB officially," he said, in a statement issued to the media. "No hard feelings for both parties. I don't want to get into controversy and I hope Pakistan cricket will flourish under the chairman and board. I will not make any further statement. There has been too much [speculation] in the media and I would like to break my silence and announce that I will not join PCB as chief selector."

Pakistan haven't had an official selection committee since the announcement of the World T20 squad. Latif's appointment was ostensibly meant to bring stability to the committee, but he never committed to taking up the role. Apart from the chief selector's role, Latif has also pulled out from the additional responsibility of assisting the board in imparting training and conducting lectures on anti-corruption matters.

Latif hasn't given a clear reason for backing out, but there are various factors that may have played a role, prominent among which are the present circumstances of the board under Sethi.

Since the ouster of Zaka Ashraf, who was removed by the Prime Minister, the PCB's administration has been in transition, with changes throughout the PCB hierarchy and new heads replacing those appointed by Ashraf. Ashraf's administration had appointed Aamer Sohail head of the selection panel, before Sethi stepped in and removed him.

Latif played 37 Tests and 166 ODIs in a career that spanned 11 years, captaining Pakistan in 6 Tests and 25 ODIs. He last played in 2003 and since then has focused on running his cricket academy in Karachi. He is currently working as a government graded officer - as sports head of Port Qasim Authority, which also runs a first-class team. According to the PCB, Latif had to join them on deputation from his parent department. Having refused the PCB's offer, Latif will countinue working with PQA.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on April 12, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    No honest person will take this position under the current board. whoever will take this position has to give up his credibility for the sake of this position, because too much political influence for running the board and selecting players.

  • Maan28 on April 12, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    rashid shiuld take this job he is the right person and know Najam sthi also called him let see what happen next

  • fzsTrio on April 11, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I believe that the cricket pundits in Pakistan talk the talk. When tested, they put their own interest first.

  • on April 10, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    some people just can criticise, they don,t have the ability to implement what they say. Rashid latif always been critic of the PCB. We all know he is honest but when he was given the chance and should have accept it and implement what he says

  • aztecs on April 10, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    For those that are saying not right for the job you have no brain...Latif/Basit ali are the few that actually care about the cricket in Pakistan and club/county or country benefiting from their experience are very lucky. Rashid was also not named in the Qayyum report as a suspicious character..these are the men we need to come forward and run our nations favourite sport with complete transparency.

  • on April 10, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Rashid needs to show some character and should accept the role for the betterment of pak cricket. Otherwise, maliks, akmals and farhats will keep on getting selected and real talent will expire waiting for their turn.

  • right_arm_fastest on April 10, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Rashid is a gentleman. Respect.

  • mzm149 on April 10, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Good riddance! He would have made Afridi captain.

  • on April 10, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    i would say this is disappointing for the nation of Pakistan, and for me, just because of not accepting chief selection's charge by the Rashid Latif, every one know he is honest personalty, but i say here he becoming a selfish he is just thinking for his right not for Pakistan, if he will come i am sure Pakistani team can be a good team, so i must say this could be a poor thinking of Latif's ....

  • on April 10, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Bitterly Annoyed And Disappointed..

  • on April 12, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    No honest person will take this position under the current board. whoever will take this position has to give up his credibility for the sake of this position, because too much political influence for running the board and selecting players.

  • Maan28 on April 12, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    rashid shiuld take this job he is the right person and know Najam sthi also called him let see what happen next

  • fzsTrio on April 11, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I believe that the cricket pundits in Pakistan talk the talk. When tested, they put their own interest first.

  • on April 10, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    some people just can criticise, they don,t have the ability to implement what they say. Rashid latif always been critic of the PCB. We all know he is honest but when he was given the chance and should have accept it and implement what he says

  • aztecs on April 10, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    For those that are saying not right for the job you have no brain...Latif/Basit ali are the few that actually care about the cricket in Pakistan and club/county or country benefiting from their experience are very lucky. Rashid was also not named in the Qayyum report as a suspicious character..these are the men we need to come forward and run our nations favourite sport with complete transparency.

  • on April 10, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Rashid needs to show some character and should accept the role for the betterment of pak cricket. Otherwise, maliks, akmals and farhats will keep on getting selected and real talent will expire waiting for their turn.

  • right_arm_fastest on April 10, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Rashid is a gentleman. Respect.

  • mzm149 on April 10, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Good riddance! He would have made Afridi captain.

  • on April 10, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    i would say this is disappointing for the nation of Pakistan, and for me, just because of not accepting chief selection's charge by the Rashid Latif, every one know he is honest personalty, but i say here he becoming a selfish he is just thinking for his right not for Pakistan, if he will come i am sure Pakistani team can be a good team, so i must say this could be a poor thinking of Latif's ....

  • on April 10, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Bitterly Annoyed And Disappointed..

  • imtiazjaleel on April 10, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    I am really surprised by the selection of players in Pakistan and India. They select players on past records and reputation of player not his current form. For example, Yuvi, Malik, Akmal etc. If you closely watch their games you will realize their body language and their nervousness and when you are nervous then it will be impossible to perform better. By selecting such players, you are not doing good for the country but just trying to help the player by paying a big prize.

  • rqstar on April 10, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Mr. Rashid Lateef is known by many as an upright person and a critique of PSB. His qualification as a cricketer is his wicket keeping skills and managing his own academy. He's a special mindset" I know all" which isn't right and often gives contradictory statements. If he has love of country and command over cricketing skills then he shouldn't have use 'If's and but's" over PCB offer. Mudslinging over others is easy, doing things in constructive way needs heart and passion which unfortunately is missing in him. PCB has done good to offer him a key position.

  • Kak-mal_Khan on April 10, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I would like to think we are a nation that thinks out of the box, so why dont PCB embrace the idea of hiring a national selector of foreign origin, instead of hiring a foreign coach. This would therefore reduce the chances of favouritism towards any particular region of Pakistan as we currently see. A foreign selector would then be able to identify players of the necessary skill sets required to compete at international level whilst a Pakistani coach would then be able to instill belief in the Pakistani way of cricket and most importantly communicate and develop a player with confidence.

  • avmd on April 9, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    He always does the easy way, crciticizing from outside and when given a chance to improve things, backed out.

  • seo7seo on April 9, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    I would say he has taken the right decision as he was not the right person for the job. He will be respected for his honesty by all of us. As far as his criticism is concerned, TV channels around the globe, pay only those "analysts" who can sensationalize (an in demand product) each and everything. No selection committee can perform better if it is influenced/interfered by politicians. Kamran Akmal is a recent example as no sane person would have selected him for an international event but he was opener in Pakistani batting line up. Shahid Afridi's attitude shows that he has crossed all limits to get captaincy. Who gave him the right to criticize his own team mates when they are down. The only way to make selection process fair and transparent is to bring some foreign selectors (persons like Haroon Lorgat). Politics in the team must also be eradicated with an iron fist. Only Pakistani players have the liberty to underplay and get the captain, coach or selectors down.

  • on April 9, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    PCB needs yes man for all its jobs and only low profile people like azhar khan can work and suits them. So unless until full authority and open space to work in not provided by PCB, it is good to not accept anything like that.

  • on April 9, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Good for Pak cricket. He has been speaking highly of Shoaib Malik through the T20 tournament on a local channel, and said that Malik will come good in a big match Thats enough proof of how much competence he had for this role. Young blood please in selection matters.

  • on April 9, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    I think it's good. Everyone has right to put on his condition on table while joining any new job. it's good not to join, if they are not accepting what he wants rather than quitting after some time blaming others. I don't agree with every thing he says but he is a honest man and we should respect him. Many people will be ready to this job on any condition but will not take any responsibility at the end.

  • becham100 on April 9, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Rashid Latif is one of the VERY few people in Pakistan who have the reputation of an honest man. Even when he used to play for Pakistan he was never involved in match fixing. He is doing a brilliant job, serving cricket, in Karachi, through his academy. It is sad indeed that he won't be taking up the job of Chief Selector.

  • on April 9, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    It's not about only accepting the job. It's about the terms and conditions of the job. He knows what the PCB wants him and him to do and what would be involved in his role. And he was cricket player and knows inside out what will be his position after accepting the job. End of the day he knows very well why he has to refuse the role. Better luck PCB you will find someone.

  • sarvat on April 9, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    It is a very sad day for Pakistan Cricket. It is very difficult to find a person like Rashid Latif now a days. We need Rashid Latif to flourish Pakistan cricket.

  • on April 9, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    He should have accepted the job as he has been a front line critic of PCB decisions,so this was the good oppurtunity for him to prove his words.He was a good choice as a selector as he runs a cricket academy at Karachi so he could have tried more young players in National Team.

  • on April 9, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    He shud explain in detail his reason of not joining

  • jawadnasir on April 9, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    he has always been a useless critic with no actions ,doesnt have the courage to face it when it matters.

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Good for Pak cricket he has not got ability for this job

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    he should have done the job. and if after some time he felt that management is interfering in his job then he could have resigned and that would be understandable and better. by not taking job at all and refusing means he was unwilling to do it and his criticism will be useless in future.

    criticizing on tv is easy . many do it but we can better judge someone by his actions on some powerful position. he was well respected and his selection would have been widely welcomed.

    anyway, i hope that management signs some other well respected selector.

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Waqar younnis will be the prefect choice for us, considering our diminishing resources of bowling. he can utilize them properly. Pakistan cricket needs to be on front foot. and i think he is the only one who can do that

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Good riddance. The last thing Pak needs is an unwilling selector. An unwilling chief selector at that. Pak should get a neutral selector now. All internal sectors have failed and have created more problems than solutions. Like a foreign coach they should hire a professional foreign selector. That is the only hope to save Pak cricket.

  • Maan28 on April 9, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    i don't understand why did't signed and then he is expecting Pakistan cricket to flourish thats not going to happen if u are not ready to serve

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    he is one of a great critic ,who criticize only for the sake of criticism

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Rashid is our hope and if they would take this as challenge then we won't be able to be best. adnan Sarfaraz karachi

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    he should have done this job for pakistan....

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  • on April 9, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    he should have done this job for pakistan....

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Rashid is our hope and if they would take this as challenge then we won't be able to be best. adnan Sarfaraz karachi

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    he is one of a great critic ,who criticize only for the sake of criticism

  • Maan28 on April 9, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    i don't understand why did't signed and then he is expecting Pakistan cricket to flourish thats not going to happen if u are not ready to serve

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Good riddance. The last thing Pak needs is an unwilling selector. An unwilling chief selector at that. Pak should get a neutral selector now. All internal sectors have failed and have created more problems than solutions. Like a foreign coach they should hire a professional foreign selector. That is the only hope to save Pak cricket.

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Waqar younnis will be the prefect choice for us, considering our diminishing resources of bowling. he can utilize them properly. Pakistan cricket needs to be on front foot. and i think he is the only one who can do that

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    he should have done the job. and if after some time he felt that management is interfering in his job then he could have resigned and that would be understandable and better. by not taking job at all and refusing means he was unwilling to do it and his criticism will be useless in future.

    criticizing on tv is easy . many do it but we can better judge someone by his actions on some powerful position. he was well respected and his selection would have been widely welcomed.

    anyway, i hope that management signs some other well respected selector.

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Good for Pak cricket he has not got ability for this job

  • jawadnasir on April 9, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    he has always been a useless critic with no actions ,doesnt have the courage to face it when it matters.

  • on April 9, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    He shud explain in detail his reason of not joining