Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif has finally been appointed as batting coach by the Afghanistan Cricket Board. The new Chief Executive Officer Hamid Shinwari took a quick decision to boost Afghanistan's batting coaching. The ACB says it has taken this decision to address cricket fans concerns about the weaknesses of their national team's batting.

By confirming Rashid Latif's appointment, the ACB is reversing its decision taken in early June when it informed Rashid Latif that it won't be signing him as batting coach.

People knowing the matter told the Cricket Post that Rashid Latif was disappointed with ACB's earlier last minute decision not signing him. ACB then told TCP that it has taken that decision due to pressure from some players and some influential individuals involved in Afghan cricket.

Rashid Latif has confirmed his appointment to the media. Rashid was quoted by GEO TV saying, “I am a cricketer and I see great potential in this Afghanistan team. There is great potential in Afghanistan for cricket to become a major sport and I want to help them out. I think Afghani players have the talent and will to compete with other Asian nations."

The ACB says Rashid Latif will join its head coach Kabir Khan later this month in Pakistani City of Abetabad where the squad will be camping for the Scotland tour that will take place in from 11 to 18 August. Afghanistan and Scotland will play a four day ICC Intercontinental Cup and two ODI matches.

Rashid Latif says he intends to work with ACB beyond its national squad as he was quoted by the Daily Times saying “Along with the Afghanistan side, I would be happy to work at the domestic and grassroot level too”.

Rashid Latif will be travelling later this month to Afghanistan sign the contract.

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