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Rashid Latif
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Rashid Latif

Pakistan
Rashid Latif

INTL CAREER: 1992 - 2003

Full Name

Rashid Latif

Born

October 14, 1968, Karachi, Sind

Age

53y 53d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

TEAMS

Neat as he was as a wicketkeeper and as a batsman (he was selected for his Test debut on the strength of his batting), Rashid Latif earned more fame for his controversial acts than for his cricketing deeds. He announced his retirement in the middle of Pakistan's 1994-95 tour of Zimbabwe, following some fishy goings-on in South Africa under Salim Malik's captaincy, then returned as "Mr Clean" to captain the side after he had given plenty of evidence to Judge Qayyum's inquiry. All went well at first in South Africa in 1997-98 until he found, like Rameez Raja and Aamir Sohail, that certain senior players did not want things to change. He made a surprise return to the colours for the 2001 tour of England, and got a second shot at the captaincy when Waqar Younis was sacked after Pakistan's miserable performance at the 2003 World Cup. There was more controversy to follow, though. He kept up his crusade to clean up the game, writing an open letter to the ICC, warning of the dangers of "fancy fixing". Then, he was suspended for five matches for wrongly claiming a catch during the series against Bangladesh. These incidents led to the souring of relations between him and the Pakistan board, and ultimately resulted in his stepping down from captaincy at the end of that series.

Latif's penchant for controversy continued after his retirement too. He took up a job as batting coach of Afghanistan, but quit after citing interference with his coaching role. He was then appointed wicketkeeping coach by the Pakistan Cricket Board, but lasted less than a month in that role after comments he made on spot-fixing weren't viewed favourably by the board. That made him return to Afghanistan, this time as head coach.

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test37579138115028.77291247.4217156511911
ODI1661172917097919.42223776.39031251818238
FC15621939509415028.3033042953
List A24918543310810021.8811125663
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test37112100---5.00-000
ODI166------------
FC15624417162/1728.504.2040.600
List A249000-----000
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Photos


Rashid Latif speaks to the media
Andy Hodd takes a catch as the slip cordon looks on
Rashid Latif gestures during a press conference
Afghanistan coach Rashid Latif supervises a training session at a local cricket stadium in Islamabad
The Afghanistan players and coach Rashid Latif arrive for their series against Pakistan A
Rashid Latif (second from left) at the launch of the Karachi Champions League