Pakistan tries to get Khan back

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt will try to persuade Younis Khan to reconsider his resignation as captain in protest at match-fixing allegations.

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt will try to persuade Younis Khan to reconsider his resignation as captain in protest at match-fixing allegations.

"I have planned a meeting with him in a couple of days and I hope to convince him," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairperson Butt said yesterday.

Khan, 31, resigned on Tuesday, soon after a Pakistan parliamentary standing committee on sports exonerated the national team of match-fixing charges during the recent Champions Trophy.

"Younis gave me the resignation when I was leaving in my car (after attending the meeting), but I have not accepted it," Butt said.

"Younis's life was disturbed after these false allegations. His family members - including his brother - are also not talking to him."

Pakistan are scheduled to play three one-day and two Twenty20 games against New Zealand early next month in the United Arab Emirates before playing three Tests in New Zealand.

Pakistan won the Twenty20 World Cup under Khan's captaincy before he left the shortest form of the game to be replaced by Shahid Afridi. - Sapa-AP

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