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Rashid Latif resigns as Pakistan cricket captain

Rashid Latif resigned as captain of the Pakistan team on Wednesday. "Yes, I have resigned. But I cannot say anything more," Latif said.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2003 01:30 IST
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Beleaguered Rashid Latif, who ended a five-match ban at the weekend, resigned as captain of the Pakistan team on Wednesday.

"I have stepped down as captain, the reasons for which I don't want to discuss now," Latif told Reuters.

"But I have not retired as a player and I am available for the home series against South Africa (starting next month).

"I have my reasons for deciding against captaining the side, but I am very keen to play as a player against South Africa and thereafter," he added.

The 34-year-old Latif, who has played 37 tests and 161 one-day internationals, decided to step down a day after being warned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to act more responsibly if he wanted to retain the position.

"The PCB can only confirm that Rashid has resigned. He has given no reason to us for his decision," PCB spokesman Samiul Hasan told Reuters.

Latif, whose five-match suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) ended when Pakistan completed a 5-0 whitewash of their one-day series against Bangladesh in Karachi on Sunday, has been at odds with the PCB since August.

The Pakistan board let him off with a reprimand after he wrote a letter, which he later released to the public, to the ICC warning of the menaces of match-fixing.

Local media also reported that Latif and chief selector Aamer Sohail had disagreements during the test series against Bangladesh.

DISPUTED CATCH

Latif was then banned for five one-day internationals by ICC match referee Mike Procter after Bangladesh lodged a complaint about a disputed catch during the third day of the third test in Multan on September 5.

The PCB's warning to Latif earlier this week came amidst speculation that it might retain Inzamam-ul-Haq as captain for the home series against South Africa.

As stand-in skipper for the banned Latif, Inzamam led Pakistan to a 5-0 clean sweep in the one-day series against Bangladesh.

Latif captained Pakistan for the 1997-98 tours to South Africa and Zimbabwe before temporarily retiring at his prime, saying he was suffering from burn-out but amid reports he had made match-fixing allegations against team mates.

He was recalled after a three-year exile in 2001 and was reappointed captain in place of Waqar Younis after Pakistan failed to qualify for the Super Sixes of the World Cup.

The PCB had announced Latif would continue as captain until the tour to New Zealand in December and January.

However PCB chief Tauqir Zia told reporters in Karachi on Tuesday that Latif had to show more maturity and responsibility, although no decision had been taken on the captaincy.

Pakistan take on South Africa next month in five one-day internationals and two tests.

First Published: Sep 25, 2003 00:00 IST