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Rashid Latif – Best Ever Pakistani Wicket Keeper
Rashid Latif was selected for Pakistan on the strength of his batting on the tour to England in 1992. He gained popularity on his controversial bet with Geoff Boycott to make Fifty on his Test debut and he did so at the Oval. Another controversy earned more fame by announcing their retirement in the middle of a Pakistan tour to Zimbabwe in 1994-95 along with Basit Ali.
He suspects something fishy under the captaincy of Salim Malik on the South Africa tour. Rashid Latif was suspended for five matches for falsely claiming a catch during the series against Bangladesh, which eventually resulted in his stepping down from captaincy and the end of his career.
Rashid Latif played ODI and Test Matches from 1992 to 2003 and served by leading the Pakistan team in six tests and 25 one-day matches. Overall, he played 37 Tests, and 166 ODI’s for Pakistan. Rashid Latif is one of the best wicket-keepers, Pakistan has ever produced. In the 30th Match, of Willis World Cup at Lahore on March 06, 1996, he took five Kiwis dismissals, (4 catches and 1 stump).
The Karachi-born BSC computer engineer retired from all forms of cricket in 2006 when he played his last match for the Lashings cricket club in England. Throughout his entire career, he had to compete hard with another Pakistani wicket-keeper, Moin Khan. In those days, both are having a tough competition to grab the final spot on the team.
Rashid Latif was a steady wicket-keeper and a handy lower-order batsman. In 1998, he captained the Pakistan cricket team, but his position went down a string of poor performances followed he was again left out of the team.
Rashid Latif took up the job of Afghanistan batting coach but quit the job citing interference. His whole career was plagued with controversies at each turn. Some legend believes, he was Pakistan’s best wicket-keeper even better than Wasim Bari.