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Last Updated:  Friday, 14 February, 2003, 16:56 GMT
Latif ends international career
Pakistan wicket-keeper Rashid Latif has announced his retirement from international cricket following a 10-year career.

Born: 14 October 1968
Tests: 34
1,385 runs (avge. 22.72)
102 catches, 10 stumpings
ODIs: 144
1,332 runs (avge 19.24)
150 catches, 34 stumpings

The 34-year-old, who will play his final one-day match at the 2003 World Cup, told BBC Urdu he will continue at domestic level, but thought it was time he handed over the gloves to someone else.

He announced his retirement from Test cricket in November last year and hinted at calling it a day altogether after one last try at World Cup glory.

Latif, who has competed with Moin Khan over the last 10 years for the role of keeper, was a key figure in exposing the match-fixing scandals of the 1990s.

His Test career suffered as a result of making claims against team-mates following the 1994-95 tour to Zimbabwe.

He later gave evidence against some of the Pakistan players to the Qayyum commission, one of two judicial inquiries conducted into allegations of corruption against Pakistan players.

Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman received life bans as a result of the Qayyum inquiry, and six other players, including current Pakistan captain Waqar Younis, were fined.

He has constantly been in and out of the Test and one-day Pakistan teams and missed out on picking up a World Cup winners medal in 1992.

Latif was picked for the 1996 squad but again missed out in 1999 to Moin.

Controversy dogged Latif again during the 2003 World Cup when he was accused of making a racist remark by Australia's Adam Gilchrist when the two teams met in their opening group game.

The matter, however, was dealt with without any action being taken by either side.

He enjoyed a good Test and one-day career and is one of only a handful of keepers to have taken 100 catches at both Test and one-day level.





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