Younus Khan has resigned as captain of Pakistan – saying he was "disgusted" by match-fixing allegations made against the team by a senior member of parliament.
|Younus walks from the field after losing his wicket in the Champions Trophy semi-final [AFP]
The batsman submitted his resignation to the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ejaz Butt during a hearing of the National Assembly standing committee on sports in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The hearing was called to discuss the performance of the team in the ICC Champions Trophy after the committee chairman, Jamshed Dasti, said on television he had evidence Pakistan had deliberately under-performed against Australia and New Zealand.
Pakistan lost to Australia in the group stage of the September 22-October 5 tournament, and after qualifying for the latter stages lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals.
"Yes I have submitted my resignation because I am disgusted by these match-fixing allegations made against me and the team," Younus said.
"I have told the chairman to go through my resignation and read my point of view."
Break from cricket
Sources close to Younus also said his letter indicated he wanted to take a break from cricket and would not be available for the upcoming series against New Zealand and Australia.
Butt after the hearing that he had asked the 31-year-old Younus to withdraw his resignation.
"At this stage I can only say if he sticks to his decision then his resignation would be discussed by the Governing council of the board at its next meeting on October 19," he said.
The PCB Chairman said he had told the members of the NA committee that such serious allegations of match-fixing were enough to demoralise any team and such statements should be avoided without having substantial evidence.
Butt said that Dasti had also made it clear that his statement was misunderstood in the media and he never made any direct match-fixing allegations.
Dasti said the committee never intended to make match-fixing allegations against the players and had only called the hearing to clear the air because of media reports that the team had under-performed deliberately.
"We are totally satisfied with the explanation of the team management and board. The committee is satisfied no match-fixing took place," Dasti said.
Younus was appointed captain early this year after the board removed Shoaib Malik as skipper after a one-day home series defeat to Sri Lanka in January.
Younus led Pakistan to victory in the Twenty20 World Cup in England in July before announcing his retirement from the version of the sport, insisting he was too old.