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Updated: October 14, 2009 18:29 IST

PCB pins hope on Khan to resume captaincy duties

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SMILES NO MORE: PCB are adamant that they will not accept the resignation of Younis Khan from his role as captain. File Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
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SMILES NO MORE: PCB are adamant that they will not accept the resignation of Younis Khan from his role as captain. File Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Pakistan cricket Chief Ijaz Butt will attempt to talk Younis Khan into resuming the captaincy, after quitting in protest at allegations of match-fixing.

“I have planned a meeting with him in a couple of days and I hope to convince him,” Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Butt told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Khan resigned on Tuesday soon after a Pakistan parliamentary standing committee on sports exonerated the Pakistan team of match-fixing charges during the recent Champions Trophy.

“Younis gave me the resignation when I was leaving in my car (after attending the meeting), but I have not accepted it,” Mr. Butt said.

The PCB chief said Khan was disturbed by the allegations which first surfaced in the Indian media soon after Pakistan lost the Champions Trophy match against Australia.

Later, the chairman of the parliamentary committee Jamshed Dasti also alleged that Pakistan deliberately lost to Australia in order to prevent India qualifying for the semi-finals.

“Younis’ life got disturbed after these false allegations, his family members—including his brother—are also not talking to him,” Butt said.

The parliamentary sports committee frequently summons PCB officials, but only has only the power to give recommendations to the prime minister and the president.

“It is their (parliamentarians) right to ask questions from us, but my only request to them is they should not call up players,” Butt said.

“We (the PCB officials) are more than willing to attend such meetings and answer their questions.”

Pakistan is scheduled to play three one-day and two Twenty20 games against New Zealand early next month in the United Arab Emirates before playing three tests in New Zealand.

“Younis has done a tremendous job over the last eight months and we really want continuity in the team,” Mr. Butt said.

Pakistan won the Twenty20 World Cup under Khan’s captaincy before the Pakistan skipper quit from the shortest form of the game and Shahid Afridi was made Pakistan’s T20 captain.

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