Rashid Latif Training Session
Latif started playing for the Pakistan national cricket team in 1992 after the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He impressed the national selectors by scoring 50 runs in his Test debut, however it did not cement his place in the national squad as throughout his career he had to compete with another Pakistani wicket-keeper, Moin Khan. Despite having a significantly similar Test batting average, Moin had a higher ODI average than Latif and scored more runs than Latif in international cricket. However, Moin had the keeping record of 2.14 dismissals per test against Latif 3.51 per test. Moreover, in all time Pakistani XI Latif picks as wicket-keeper and hence 69 test matches of Moin is a question mark in Rashid Latif tenure. In 1996, he announced his retirement after conflicts with some players and the team management. He returned to the Pakistan
team and became the captain of the National side in 1998.
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Latif remained out of the national squad until 2001, when after a string of poor performances, the Pakistan team replaced Moin Khan
. After returning into the squad, he secured his place by keeping the wicket and giving a string of good batting performances. The highlight of his career came after the 2003 Cricket World Cup, when he was announced the captain of the Pakistan team. Under his leadership, Pakistan successfully experimented with several new players and the team gave positive results. He was also involved with uniting the players through his captaincy in both on and off the cricket field. However, problems between Latif and the team management again surfaced in 2003-04, which resulted in him giving away the captaincy to former Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq
. He was omitted from the squad and since then has never been recalled in the team, despite his attempts to get back into the squad during 2003-2005.
In April 2006, Latif retired from First class cricket as he toured with the Pakistani senior players to play against Indian senior players in April 2006 in a series played between players who have retired from professional cricket. Latif has not participated in domestic first class cricket since 2005. His last match was in 2006, when he played for Lashings cricket club, a club in England.
Rashid Latif in Green Shirt
Latif has notably become batting coach of the Afghanistan National Cricket team. Latif also stated that the Afghan players were keen to learn from him. Latif further added that he liked the challenge of coaching the team and helping at grass-roots level of Afghan cricket; in July 2010 he also talked about having a Pakistan-Afghanistan cricket series in late 2010 to help Pakistan return to staging international cricket.As a wicket-keeper Latif also commented on the form of Pakistani wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal by stating that "Kamran has gained weight for a wicket-keeper, his wicket-keeping has been poor due to that and a lot of work load as a cricketer. I strongly suggest to all wicket-keepers that when they are struggling they take a rest and then comeback to the scene stronger as poor wicket-keeping can destroy you confidence as a batsman." In August 2010 the coach of the Afghan team Kabir Khan
announced that he was going to leave his post because of consistent interference by the board. This led to Latif, who was batting coach at the time, to be named his successor. However just after that Latif announced his resignation also citing consistent interference caused by the board. Afghanistan lose- ESPN Cricinfo
Latif's stint as Afghan coach got off to a good start when Afghanistan registered a 162-run win over Kenya in the ICC Intercontinental Cup but then lost the first ODI by 92 runs as Kenya were bowled out for 160. But then Afghanistan's batting order collapsed for 88. The team took a six-wicket victory during the second ODI as Kenya succumbed to 139 and Afghanistan suffered a poor start with opener Noor Ali retiring hurt and Karim Sadiq being caught. However Asghar Stanikzai scored his second half-century and along with Mohammad Shahzad who scored 37 guided the run chase. The finest moment of Latif's coaching career came at the 2010 Asian Games when Afghanistan upset the cricket super-power Pakistan in the semi-final as Afghanistan sealed a comfortable 22-run victory and set up a final tie with Bangladesh.
Rashid latif has been appointed as the head coach of Pakistan cricket team on 7th April 2016, after Waqar younis resigned couple of days earlier.He is currently one of the members of the Advisory board as well as director of PSL's franchise Karachi Kings
. Karachi Kings- dailytimes
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.
If one looks at the contribution made by Rashid Latif in cricket and weighs it against the controversies that he was embroiled in, it is more likely that controversies will dominate. A steady keeper who was a handy bat, Latif got into controversies which kept stalling his career. It was not helped by the fact that he had to fight out with Moin Khan during the period for the wicket-keeper's post which resulted him in being left out from the team for some time.
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