Cannot tolerate match-fixing allegations: Younus

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> An exasperated Younus Khan on Tuesday said he took the decision to step down as skipper of the Pakistan team as he could not tolerate the allegations.

Updated: October 13, 2009 15:59 IST
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An exasperated Younus Khan on Tuesday said he took the decision to step down as skipper of the Pakistan team as he could not tolerate the match fixing allegations against him.

The National Asembly standing committee on sport had summoned Younus, coach Intikhab Alam, manager Yawar Saeed and PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt, seeking an explantion on Pakistan's defeat in the Champions Trophy.

"I have resigned because I cannot tolerate anyone raising fingers and making match fixing allegations against me. I have always played honorably and I am disgusted by such allegations," a livid Younus said.

Even though the committee was satisfied with their response, Younus could not digest the humiliation and resigned.

Butt tried to persuade him to reconsider his decision but the prolific batsman refused to do it.

"I have told the Chairman to look at the reasons I have given for my resignation. The team has been doing well in recent times and yet we are accused of match fixing, this is not on," Younus said.

According to sources, Younus has also requested the PCB, to rest him from the upcoming series against New Zealand and Australia.

"He (Younus) has written in his resignation letter that the board should not consider him for the coming series against New Zealand and Australia as he wants to take a break from cricket," the source said.

The committee chairman Jamshed Dasti defended their decision of questioning the captain and the PCB officials.

"We had no intentions to hurt anyone and my earlier statements were misunderstood. I simply said that since they were so many reports that the team under-performed deliberately in the Champions Trophy matches against Australia and New Zealand the committee has a duty to find out if these reports are true," Dasti told reporters.

He said the committee was convinced that the team had done nothing wrong and it was just a bad day for them in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy.

Dasti said he would not comment on Younus' resignation saying it was his personal decision.

"He has resigned in the past also. But our stance is clear that if we hear serious allegations against the team we have a duty to investigate those things. There was never any intention to dishonour any player," Dasti said.

"As far as we are concerned we have done our work and we have also made certain recommendations to the Board for improving the performance of the team," he added.

PCB Chairman Butt said he would not comment on the step taken by Younus but the matter would now have to be discussed at the Governing council meeting on October 19.

"I tried to persuade him to take back his resignation but he insisted on giving it. So we now have to let the matter go to the governing council.

"I think the players have been upset and hurt by these match fixing allegations, which are not true. I had told the committee members that the Board is satisfied with the performance of the team and it did well to reach the semi finals of the tournament," Butt said.

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