Anguished and perplexed by the stinging criticism he faced after Pakistan’s semifinal loss in the Champions Trophy, Younis Khan says a feeling of being betrayed by people in the echelon of power pushed him into resigning from captaincy.

“I did what I thought was the right thing. I have worked very hard to keep this team united for the last eight months despite problems. So when anyone accuses me or the team of fixing matches then I have no option but to resign,” Younus said in an interview.

Younus said apart from being hurt by allegations of match fixing, there were some other issues as well that prompted him to hand over his resignation to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt.

“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 captain and player to unite the team,” he said.

“I played with a broken finger in the Champions trophy because I wanted the team to do well. I have always tried to lead from the front. I may have made some mistakes but my intentions have only been for the betterment of the team and Pakistan cricket,” he added.

Younus said after putting in so much effort, it was natural for him to feel upset when fingers were pointed at his decisions and the team’s performances.

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