Latif resigns as wicketkeeping coach

Updated: 05 November 2008 18:25 IST

Rashid Latif quit in protest as wicketkeeping coach of the National Cricket Academy after Salim Malik's appointment as head coach of the academy.

Latif resigns as wicketkeeping coach

Islamabad:

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif quit in protest as wicketkeeping coach of the National Cricket Academy on Wednesday after Salim Malik's appointment as head coach of the academy.

"It is indeed shocking for me to know that former Pakistan captain Salim Malik has been appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) national academy," Latif wrote in his resignation letter sent to the PCB.

A court last month lifted a life ban on Malik imposed for involvement in match-fixing, allowing him to resume his involvement in cricket.

Latif, 40, gave evidence to the initial PCB-commissioned inquiry which recommended a life ban on Malik.

"Since I was the main figure in the match-fixing inquiry after which Mr. Malik was awarded a life ban which was overturned last month therefore I have no other choice but to step down as the wicket-keeping coach," Latif said.

"Please consider this letter as my resignation."

Latif had been wicketkeeping coach since January.

Latif played 37 tests for Pakistan _ six as captain _ between 1992-2003, scoring 1,381 runs. He recorded 119 catches and 11 stumpings. Latif also played 166 one-day internationals, grabbing 182 catches and 38 stumpings and scored 1,709 runs.

Malik told reporters in the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday that he had accepted the PCB's offer to become head coach at the NCA.



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