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Upset Younis quits as Pakistan captain

A DISGRUNTLED Younis Khan resigned as Pakistan team captain yesterday despite being cleared by a parliamentary sports committee on charges of match-fixing in the Champions Trophy.

Khan told the lower house's standing committee on sports that he was upset over the charges and that "I cannot take this."

Khan handed a resignation letter to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt, but did not say whether he would continue playing on the team. "I have resigned as a captain," he told reporters. "I won't say a word more."

Jamshed Dasti, the chairman of the sports committee, had alleged that Pakistan had deliberately lost the last two games in the Champions Trophy - including the semifinal against New Zealand.

However, the committee cleared the team of any wrongdoing.

Pakistan lost to Australia in its last group game, which left its big rival India with no chance of advancing.

"It was all propaganda of the Indian media and there is no truth in Pakistan team's involvement in match-fixing or deliberately throwing the games," committee member Iqbal Mohammad Ali said.

Butt said he was stunned by the decision. "I had absolutely no idea that he had the resignation letter in his jacket and I was surprised when he produced it," he said.

Ali said Younis Khan was wrong to be resign because of the hearing.

"It's not the right thing to do," Ali said. "It's the right of the (sports) committee to inquire about sports activities in the country, Younis Khan is a great player and he should not have resigned."

Pakistan is due to play a ODI and test series against New Zealand next month before a tour in Australia.


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