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'No conspiracy behind Latif resignation'

New Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq insisted on Friday there was nothing sinister behind the sudden resignation of Rashid Latif.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2003 17:59 IST

New Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq insisted Friday there was nothing sinister behind the sudden resignation of previous incumbent Rashid Latif ahead of the crucial series against South Africa.

"I assure everyone there was no controversy behind Latif's resignation," Inzamam said after some 150 supporters voiced anger Thursday that a 'match-fixing mafia' was responsible for the veteran wicketkeeper's departure.

"Latif did not feel comfortable as captain but he remains part of the set-up and his influence would be there on the rebuilding of the team," Inzamam said.

"The recovery after the World Cup was led by Latif and the rebuilding is going the right way."

The clean-up launched after Pakistan's preliminary round exit from this year's World Cup in Southern Africa saw the expulsion of eight senior players.

Inzamam Thursday took over as captain for the home series against South Africa and New Zealand after Latif stepped down in the wake of serious differences with chief selector Aamir Sohail.

South Africa are due to arrive here Monday to play five one-day games and two Tests.

"Ours is a talented side and I am confident that we will achieve good results," the Pakistani captain said.

First Published: Sep 26, 2003 17:59 IST