Younus quits as Pakistan captain

KARACHI,  (Reuters) – Younus Khan has resigned as Pakistan captain over match-fixing allegations made against the  team by a senior member of parliament.

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

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

Pakistan lost to Australia in the group stage of the Sept.  22-Oct. 5 tournament and were also beaten by New Zealand in the  semi-finals.

“Yes I have submitted my resignation because I am disgusted  by these match-fixing allegations made against me and the team,”  Younus told Reuters.

“I have told the chairman to go through my resignation and  read my point of view.”
Sources close to Younus said his letter indicated he wanted  to take a break from cricket and would not be available for the  upcoming series against New Zealand and Australia.

Butt told reporters after the hearing that he had asked the  31-year-old Younus to withdraw his resignation.

“At this stage I can only say if he sticks to his decision  then his resignation would be discussed by the Governing council  of the board at its next meeting on October 19,” Butt said.

SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE

The PCB Chairman said he had told the members of the NA  committee that such serious allegations of match-fixing were  enough to demoralise any team and such statements should be  avoided without having substantial evidence.

Butt said that the Chairman of the NA standing committee had  also made it clear that his statement was misunderstood in the  media and he never made any direct match-fixing allegations.

Dasti said the committee never intended to make match-fixing  allegations against the players and had only called the hearing  to clear the air because of media reports that the team had  under-performed deliberately.

“We are totally satisfied with the explanation of the team  management and board. The committee is satisfied no match-fixing  took place,” Dasti said.

Younus was appointed captain this year in place of Shoaib  Malik following a home one-day series defeat by Sri Lanka in  January.

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