Rashid Latif to play for Lashings

Published: Sunday, June 20, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif will play a series of matches this season for Lashings, a prestigious English cricket club.

Latif will also work on setting up a cricket academy in Birmingham which will be the first of four he has planned to set up in England for the South Asian community.

"I will be playing six matches for Lashings in the first phase of my contract for them and this will also feature some World XI exhibition matches, before I start working on the academy," Latif was quoted as saying by the The News.

Latif said work on the academy in Birmingham had already started and he would hold special coaching clinics during his stay in England this summer.

The player said he was very keen to assist the Pakistani and other South Asian communities as "their youngsters are very talented".

The 35-year-old, who is also planning to set up an academy in Karachi, said his contract with Lashings materialised after he appeared for them in two charity games in South Africa early this year.

"It was after those matches that they asked me to come and play in England," he added.

Cricket greats like Wasim Akram, Brian Lara, Carl Hooper and Steve Waugh have appeared for this club, which is owned by a multi-millionaire businessman.

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