Afghanistan coach Latif rubbishes fixing talks
Karachi: National coach of the Afghanistan cricket team, Rashid Latif has rubbished reports that his side’s semifinal match against Pakistan in last month’s Guangzhou Asian Games was fixed.
“Such talk is just demeaning the hardwork put in by my players. I don’t want to even talk about it,” Latif said.
The minnows stunned Pakistan in the last-four stage of the Guangzhou Games and Latif believed the country will slowly become a force to reckon with in the international arena.
“I don’t want to sound over enthusiastic or jump the gun but I sincerely believe that Afghanistan has plenty of talent and will to surprise top cricket nations in Asia soon,” Latif said.
The team has been in the news for its impressive showings in recent times, and the silver medal in the Guangzhou Asian Games followed by the Inter-Continental Cup title in Dubai, indicate that it is moving in the right direction.
“I am pleased with their performance. Apart from the silver medal in the Asian games and the Inter-Continental Cup, the team has done remarkably well and defeated teams like Kenya, Ireland, Canada and Holland which I believe is a great achievement. The graph of progress is on the rise,” he added.
Latif said he saw a lot of positives in the team’s recent triumphs and is confident that it will soon emerge as a strong cricket nation.
“The potential in Afghanistan to become a leading cricket nation is immense and, when I look at the passion the youngsters and the present players in the team have for cricket, I see the perfect recipe for a strong cricket team to come up soon,” Latif told reporters.
Aggressive mindset and keenness to learn have been the secrets behind the team’s success. “They are mentally very strong and hate to lose, just like the Australians in their prime,” Latif said.
“The best thing is that they have a lot of backing at home where everyone, including the people and the government, want to see them do well and put Afghanistan on the international sporting map,” he said.
Latif said his role, so far, has been to just work on dedicated areas with the players and the rest they do themselves.
The coach also said he would love to see the Afghanistan team play more international matches and be given Test status by the ICC. “They need to get more matches against stronger teams and I think the Asian teams must support their rise by giving them matches at the international level.”
The former Pakistan wicketkeeper said that the Asian cricket council and the ICC had done a lot to set up a cricket infrastructure and provide technical expertise to the war-torn country, but felt a lot needed to be done to establish a proper domestic cricket structure in Afghanistan.
“Only those nations come up in international cricket who have a proper domestic structure and that is what the ACC and ICC must do,” Latif said.
“The Afghan authorities need assistance from the ICC and ACC in grounds’ development etc., and the ICC and the ACC should send their experts to Afghanistan regularly to help the local authority.
“Also, the role of the neighbouring countries has not been encouraging at all. Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh should provide Afghan players the opportunities to play against big names. I believe this will go a long way in the development of the game in the country,” he said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- UP: Jammu-bound Muri Express derails in Kaushambi
- Five unmanned parachute-like objects spotted over Mumbai airport
- CBSE Board Class 12th Exam Results 2015 declared
- Dawood's intercepted phone calls prove yet again he is in Pakistan
- Jaipur girl Mini Rajpal wins Miss India Deaf 2015!
- Delhi's 2015 CBSE Class 12 topper M Gayatri talks to Zee Media
- Mumbai architecture creates double decker bus from scrap!
- No respite from heat for next three days: IMD
- One year of Modi govt: PM addresses mega rally in Mathura
- DNA: Sikh man in New Zealand removed his turban to help injured kid
- Watch: Mumbai cops find new secret agents in housewives!
- Police registers case after parachute-like objects were spotted over Mumbai airport
- Growing medical negligence in Delhi's AIIMS
- One year of Modi govt: PM promises to fulfil aspirations
- DNA: AIIMS doctor removes both kidneys of minor, claims she had only one
- Heatwave claims over 550 lives so far, Delhi saw hottest day
- Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 declared
- LIVE - Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 to be announced shortly
- Check cbseresults.nic.in for CBSE Class 12 result 2015
- Check WBBSE (wbresults.nic.in) Class 12th Results: West Bengal Board (wbscvet.org) Higher Secondary Class XII Vocational Results to be declared today at 4 PM
- Two dead, over 100 injured as Muri Express derails in UP; Prabhu announces Rs 2 lakhs ex-gratia for kin of dead
- PM Narendra Modi's Mathura rally: As it happened
- CBSE Class 12 results out: Here's how you can check
- Public rally on 100 days of AAP govt: As it happened
- Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party changes its logo
- Unidentified flying objects spotted over Mumbai airport not motorised: Home Department
- One year of NDA govt: PM Modi writes open letter to nation, promises to transform India
- World optimistic about India: PM Narendra Modi on 1 year of NDA govt
- Militants kill five, target telecoms in Kashmir attacks
- Bharatiya Janata Party lacks majority for Ram Temple, Article 370: Amit Shah