Rashid Latif resigns as NCA's wicket-keeping coach

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Lahore, Nov 5 (UNI) In a bid to protest against the appointment of Salim Malik as head coach, Rashid Latif resigned from his post of wicket-keeping coach at the National Cricket Academy.

Malik said yesterday he had been offered the post of head coach by PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt and he had accepted the offer.

The offer, however, came to Malik just a few days after a civil court lifted a life ban imposed on him by Pakistan Cricket Board in 2000 for his alleged involvement in match fixing on the recommendation of a one-man judicial commission.

The former Test player Latif sent his resignation yesterday claiming that it was his way of protesting against the appointment of Malik.

''Until Malik is completely cleared by the ICC and allowed to resume his activities in cricket I don't agree with the board appointing him head coach at the academy,'' Latif said.

Latif was one of the few players in the Pakistan team, who raised a voice in the against the match fixing menace in the mid 90s, which eventually led to the government appointing the inquiry commission.

The 40-year-old took premature retirement from international cricket with batsman Basit Ali in protest against alleged match fixing activities in the team during Pakistan's tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1994/95, when Malik was the captain.

''He was upset that the board should think of giving Malik such an important position of working with young players when doubts still remained over Malik's link with bookmakers in the past,'' sources close to Latif said.

''Rashid feels that cricketing-wise also it is not a sensible decision since Malik is not a qualified coach and has been out of touch with the game,'' a source added.

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