Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan resigns

KARACHI: Younis Khan has resigned as captain of Pakistan in protest at match-fixing allegations made against the team by a senior member of parliament.


Younus submitted his resignation to the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt during a hearing of the National Assembly standing committee on sports in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The hearing was called to discuss the performance of the team in the Champions Trophy after the NA committee Chairman Jamshed Dasti said on television he had evidence Pakistan deliberately under-performed against Australia and New Zealand in the tournament.


Younis Khan's perspective is not for everybody to hear that is why we called him in the meeting, Jamshed Dasti, chairman senate standing committee said.


'I could not stand cricitism from all and sundry as it was affecting my performance that is why I resigned,' said Khan.


A PCB official who spoke to Dawn.com on condition of anonymity believes there is more to the story than just criticism of the team and the captain.


'Younis Khan was mystified as to why vice-captain Shahid Afridi was called up to discuss the New Zealand and Australia series when the captain himself was available in the country and recovering from what was only a hairline fracture. He could not understand the reason for being left out of the loop for two very important tours,' he said.


However, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has refused to accept Younis Khan's resignation.


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