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Latif turns down Pakistan selector's role

Umar Farooq

April 9, 2014

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Rashid Latif gestures during a press conference, Karachi, August 24, 2013
File photo: Latif was scheduled to start his tenure on April 1 © AFP
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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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Posted by wapuser 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by right_arm_fastest on (April 10, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

Rashid is a gentleman. Respect.

Posted by mzm149 on (April 10, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

Good riddance! He would have made Afridi captain.

Posted by   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 ....

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

Bitterly Annoyed And Disappointed..

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