Younus - unity still a problem

Batsman tried hard to forge team spirit during stint as Pakistan captain

Last Updated: 14/10/09 12:41pm

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Younus: resigned in protest

Younus: resigned in protest

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Younus Khan has revealed his offer to resign as Pakistan captain was not solely related to recent match-fixing allegations.

"I have worked hard to keep this team united for the last eight months despite problems. I don't want to elaborate on them but the last eight months have been tough for me and I have still tried to do my best as a player and as a captain to unite the team."
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Jamshed Ahmed Dasti, chairman of the National Assembly standing committee on sports, had accused Pakistan of deliberately under-performing against Australia and New Zealand at the ICC Champions Trophy.

He later backtracked on his allegations after accepting an explanation for Pakistan's performances from Younus during a National Assembly hearing in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Pakistan team were exonerated of match-fixing but the hearing ended in uproar when Younus handed in a letter of resignation to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ejaz Butt.

The 31-year-old, whose departure has yet to be accepted by the PCB, said other "problems" were also a factor in his decision.

Sad and painful

"It is sad and painful for me and, in fact, I am hiding from my family members after these nasty allegations of match-fixing," he told Geo television.

"I have never fixed a match and never will. By resigning, I did what I thought was the right thing to do.

"I have worked hard to keep this team united for the last eight months despite problems.

"I don't want to elaborate on them but the last eight months have been tough for me and I have still tried to do my best as a player and as a captain to unite the team.

"I have always tried to lead from the front and I may have made some mistakes, but my actions have been in the best interests of the team.

"So when anyone accuses me or the team of deliberately throwing matches then I have no option but to resign."

Younus has twice before rejected the captaincy, suggesting he wanted the leadership role on his own terms.

He said he was not averse to leading Pakistan again, but wanted a clear path.

Frank discussion

"I will have a very frank discussion with the PCB chairman whenever he invites me to discuss my resignation," he added.

"There are some issues need to be sorted out like the term of my captaincy."

Younus also indicated he would not render explanations before the National Assembly in future.

"My job is to perform as a player," he said. "The board and team officials are the ones who are the right authority to give answers if anyone wants to know anything about the team."

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