Rashid Latif has changed his mind and decided to continue working for the Afghanistan Cricket Board. Latif will continue on the same previously agreed terms, the ACB says.

The ACB said in a press release that it had been talking to Latif for the last few days to persuade him to continue with the ACB and he finally agreed to continue as Afghanistan's coach.

Latif is currently in the UK and will join the Afghan national squad in Sharjah where the squad will be holding its training camp from 18 to 26 September, where they are preparing for their Kenya tour. Afghanistan will play its last group match in the Intercontinental Cup in Kenya.

Latifhad earlier resigned from his post as Afghanistan's batting coach after the ACB could not meet his demands for increased benefits.

Whilst Latif's return will be comforting news for some in Afghanistan, it also raises questions on his sudden decision to resign, honoring his friendship with coach Kabir Khan who had “resigned” before him and his sudden decision to re join the ACB.

Dr. Hamid Shinwari, the Chief Executive Officer of the ACB, says Latif understood that the ACB cannot afford more than the earlier agreed payment, and therefore decided to resume “serving Afghan cricket”. Hamid says he welcomes Latif's decision and hopes the national squad benefits from his experience.

Shinwari says the Afghan national squad has important tours ahead and it is important to have an excellent coach.

Afghanistan is playing Kenya on 2 October in the Intercontinental Cup and three ODI matches with the host country will follow. In November, Afghanistan will be touring China to participate in the Asian Games. If Afghanistan qualifies for the final of the Intercontinental Cup, it will be played in the UAE in December. The date for the final in December is yet to be decided after the ACB requested the ICC to reschedule it due to a clash with Afghanistan's tour to China.

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