Khan resigns as Pakistan captain

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

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

Khan submitted his resignation to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairperson Ejaz Butt during a hearing of the national assembly's standing committee on sports in Islamabad yesterday .

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

Pakistan lost to Australia in the group stage of the tournament that was held in South Africa from September 22 until October 5 and were also beaten by New Zealand in the semifinals.

"Yes, I have submitted my resignation because I am disgusted by these match-fixing allegations made against me and the team," Khan said. "I have told the chairman to go through my resignation and read my point of view."

Sources close to Khan said his letter indicated he wanted to take a break from cricket and would not be available for the series against New Zealand and Australia.

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

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

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

Butt said that Dasti 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.

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

He led Pakistan to victory in the T20 World Cup in England. -Reuters

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