No Links to 'Fixer' Majeed, Says Younus

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Younus Khan has sent a legal notice to British tabloid 'News of the World'

Updated: August 31, 2010 16:20 IST
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Former captain Younus Khan has sent a legal notice to British tabloid 'News of the World', which claimed in a report that he like like several Pakistani cricketers had signed Mazhar and Azhar Majeed as his agents in the United Kingdom.

Reliable sources close to Younus told PTI, that Younus instructed his lawyer Ahmed Qayyum to issue the notice to the tabloid for publishing the report.

"Yes, the notice has been sent and in it Younus has demanded that the newspaper publish a denial and also pay damages of USD 10,000 towards the flood relief fund for the millions of Pakistanis displaced by the floods," a source said.

"The brothers approached Pakistani players to sign them during the 2006 tour and Younus refused," the source added.

The source also claimed that Younus was one of the few Pakistani players, who had refused to sign the Majeed brothers as their agent in England.

Mazhar is at the centre of a new match-fixing scandal and was arrested for trying to defraud bookmakers. He was later released on bail.

Mazhar claimed that he had paid bribes to some Pakistani players, including captain Salman Butt, for spot fixing in the fourth Test against England at Lords.

Mazhar's claims have set off a major investigation by the ICC and the Scotland Yard into fixing allegations.

The Majeed brothers are believed to have formalised their relations with members of the Pakistan squad on the 2006 England tour though it remains unclear whether any official agreement was signed.

Over a number of years Azhar and Mazhar have handled various sponsorship and marketing contracts for the players in the UK.

Younus stepped down as captain of the Pakistan side last November after an ODI series loss to New Zealand, claiming that he no longer had control over his players.

He was called up for the ODI series in Australia where he played under Mohammad Yousuf's leadership.

Soon after the series he was punished on disciplinar5y count by a PCB inquiry committee which ruled that he would not be picked in the team for an indefinite period.

Younus appealed against the decision when it was referred back to the PCB by a tribunal. It has remained there, however, reportedly due to personal differences between PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and Younus.

Despite calls by a number of ex-players, Younus has not returned either to the Test or ODI side since the Australia series. 

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