Afghanistan's recently hired batting coach Rashid Latif has resigned from his post amid differences between the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and head coach Kabir Khan, who's tenure was ended last week. “We received Rashid's resignation and fully respect his choice, but are shocked to receive a long list of new demands just 25 days after signing a contract with him”, the ACB's CEO Hamid Shinwari told the Cricket Post.

Rashid Latif has asked ACB in an email earlier today to either restore Kabir Khan as a coach or increase his salary from 6000 USD to 12000 USD, hire a car for him and his family with a driver in Karachi and pay him benefits including utility bills, house rent, and medical insurance for him and his family in Karachi plus a hundred US dollars daily allowances on trips with being able to fly business class. ACB responded to his e-mail explaining to him that ACB cannot afford his new demands, Shinwari says.

If Rashid Latif's new demands were met, his benefits (6000 USD) would have increased to 17000 USD. The ACB rejected that, so he then sent his resignation saying he cannot continue with the ACB for family and personal reasons. The ACB has accepted his resignation.

CEO Hamid Shinwari says the ACB has been talking to the ICC for the last few days for help in hiring a coach from Australia, South Africa or England. He says the new coach will join the national squad camp prior to the Kenya tour that takes place in October this year.

Rashid Latif's demands are shocking, says CEO Hamid Shinwari, as it has never been brought up during the negotiation if he was joining the ACB because of Kabir Khan, “his arrangement is with Afghanistan” Shinwari says.

Rashid Latif's behavior is regarded as unprofessional by many in Afghanistan as Afghans do not have good experience of individuals pursuing friendship and alliance in the ACB and the national team. Esmatullah Andar, a close follower of Afghan cricket who resides in Dubai, says Rashid departure is positive for Afghan cricket as it not acceptable to have “gangs” in the team, coaching, or the ACB administration. We would like to see a professional attitude to cricket in Afghanistan where people do not quit because their friends quit. Everyone shall be treated based on the level of his professionalism and ability they show; we have to fight grouping at all levels if we want to have sound cricket in the country.

Many Afghans have already discussed Rashid's decision in discussion forums, some showing sympathy with him and criticizing the ACB for not retaining him saying he has come to a war-zone and rightly deserves what he demands, some others accusing Rashid of pursuing “friendship” in cricket and “blackmailing” the ACB raising doubts about his commitment to cricket and him being a professional coach and cricketer who keeps his promises and stays firm.

Article reproduced by kind permission of The Cricket Post