LAHORE - Former Test player Rashid Latif has resigned from his post of wicket-keeping coach at the National Cricket Academy in protest against the appointment of Salim Malik as head coach of the Academy before getting clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC). Malik on Tuesday said that he had been offered the post of head coach by PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt during a meeting in Lahore and he had accepted the offer. The offer to Malik came just a few days after a civil court lifted a life ban imposed on him by Pakistan Cricket Board in 2000 for his alleged involvement in match fixing on the recommendation of a one-man judicial commission. Latif sent his resignation Tuesday itself claiming that it was his way of protesting against the appointment of Malik. "Until Malik is completely cleared by the ICC and allowed to resume his activities in cricket I don't agree with the board appointing him head coach at the academy," Latif said. Commenting on Latif's resignation, PCB's director operations Zakir Khan said that Rashid Latif's decision to resign was hasty and premature. Terming the decision as premature, Khan said Latif should have made a properly thought-out decision instead of resigning in haste. The court last month lifted a life ban imposed by the PCB on Malik for involvement in match fixing, allowing him to resume his involvement in cricket. Latif was one of the few players who raised a voice in the Pakistan team against the match fixing menace in the mid nineties, which eventually led to the government appointing the inquiry commission. Latif took premature retirement from international cricket with batsman Basit Ali in protest against alleged match fixing activities in the team during Pakistan's tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1994/95 when Malik was captain. Sources close to Latif said he was upset that the board should think of giving Malik such an important position of working with young players when doubts still remained over Malik's link with bookmakers in the past. "Rashid feels that cricketing-wise also it is not a sensible decision since Malik is not a qualified coach and has been out of touch with the game," a source said.