Younus ‘badly hurt’ by match-fixing allegations

KARACHI: Disgruntled Pakistan captain Younus Khan said today that match-fixing claims were behind his shocking offer to resign

and that he was hurt by an investigation into his team’s Champions Trophy defeats.

Younus tendered his resignation on Tuesday at a meeting of the parliamentary sport’s committee, which summoned him to explain why Pakistan lost to Australia and New Zealand in the September-October Trophy in South Africa.

Pakistan’s narrow defeat against Australia in a group match and upset loss to New Zealand in the semi-final sparked allegations

that the team had thrown the matches, in part to knock arch-rival India out of the tournament.

Legislator Jamshed Dasti, chairman of the sports committee, summoned Younus, coach Intikhab Alam and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman

Ijaz Butt to explain, with Tuesday’s meeting clearing Pakistan’s team of any wrongdoing.

Younus said it was up to the PCB to take a decision on his resignation.