Afghan coach Rashid Latif chal­lenges Pak to a re­match

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Afghanistan cricket coach and for­mer Pak­istan wick­et­keeper Rashid Latif has chal­lenged Pak­istan for a re­match af­ter it was al­leged that the Twenty20 match be­tween the two teams in the Guangzhou Asian Games had been fixed.

A fu­ri­ous Rashid said that his play­ers' win over their much-fan­cied op­po­nents in the semi-fi­nals of the T20 cricket com­pe­ti­tion in last month's Asian Games was not a fluke.

"My chal­lenge is we will beat the same Pak­istan team again. All this talk about the match be­ing fixed is de­grad­ing for the hard work­ing Afghan play­ers," the Dawn quoted him, as say­ing.

Since Pak­istan lost at the hands of new­com­ers Afghanistan in the last four of the Asian Games, there has been spec­u­la­tion in the Pak­istan me­dia that the match was fixed.

"Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. Any­one can say what they like. I can only say I chal­lenge them for a re­match at any venue and I know for cer­tain we will beat them again by a big­ger mar­gin this time," Rashid said.

He said the Afghanistan team could even pose a hard time to the Pak­istani na­tional team as they play with lot of pas­sion and pride on the ground. "That is some­thing that is lack­ing in this Pak­istan team right now," he stated. -Ap

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