10 Apr 2014

Latif does U-turn on Pakistan chief selector job

6:29 am on 10 April 2014

Pakistan cricket has been hit by further controversy after former national team captain Rashid Latif changed his mind about becoming the chief selector despite having accepted the post last month.

Last month the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a press release announcing that Latif would take over as chief selector from April the 1st.

The 45-year-old Latif says he had a contract from the board to sign but decided to decline and return it to the board, without giving any specific reasons.

However, sources close to the former wicketkeeper-batsman said he decided to step away because of differences with the board over the selection of the other members of the national selection committee and matters of authority.

Latif has also been unhappy about the way the board reacted to the Pakistan team's performance at this year's World T20 tournament where they were knocked out before the semi-finals.

The former captain told the state-owned PTV sports channel it was not right for the board to allow Muhammad Hafeez to step down as T20 captain because the entire team had performed badly.

Latif, who played 37 tests and 166 one-dayers for Pakistan from 1992-2003, has been a prominent voice against the menace of match-fixing in the country.