Situation not conducive for me to work in PCB: Rashid Latif

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has said on Monday as the situation prevailing in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was “not conducive for him” he did not join the board as chief selector cum head of Anti-Corruption.

“I wanted to work for the betterment of cricket with new vision and fresh approach to take the game to new heights. But prevailing conditions in PCB did not allow me to join the board,” he said.

Rashid Latif said he had never been power hungary nor he was looking for any positions in the board.

“Allah has given me everything and I was never after any position in PCB,” he commented.
He said he had always loved and dedicated his life to serve the game as player, coach and in any other way.

“Monetary gains and power had never been in my mind”, he said.

“I was feeling that because of environments prevailing in PCB he decided against joining PCB,” he added.

“I was hoping that I may be working independently under PCB Chairman. But circumstances did not look favor me”, he added.  He indicated that same old faces including the manager of 2003 Pakistan team are there for 10-15 years. Rashid Latif said he wanted to bring in new vision for which he had worked well and prepared a comprehensive plan how to work  on the modern lines in different areas of the game which can help Pakistan
team to win 2015 World Cup jointly staged in Australia and New Zealand.

He said he was also feeling that he may have been made scapegoat in removing the captain after Pakistan team’s debacle in ICC World Twenty20 held in Bangladesh.
“I don’t want to be the part of any conspiracy which could have harmed cricket,” he said.
He said he had always looked to help, improve Pakistan cricket’s tarnished image. Rashid said he received the contract to join PCB on deputation from Port Qasim Authority (PQA) it was not possible for him to straight away join PCB without clearance from my concerned