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Cricket hogs limelight, for wrong reasons

cricket Updated: Oct 14, 2009 23:49 IST
Kamal Siddiqi
Kamal Siddiqi
Hindustan Times
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Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt will try to convince Younis Khan to resume the captaincy, after he quit in protest against match-fixing allegations.

Khan resigned saying he was “deeply hurt” and his Pashtun honour was shaken by the allegations that he had somehow not played a fair game.

Khan said match-fixing claims were behind his decision and that he was hurt by an investigation into his team’s Champions Trophy defeat.

Khan 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 Champions Trophy in South Africa.

“I am hiding from people as if I have committed a crime,” Khan said. It was all the more painful, he added, “because I played my cricket for pride, for my country and not for money”.

Jamshed Dasti, chairman of the Parliament’s sports committee, summoned Khan, coach Intikhab Alam and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt to explain why the team lost. After the session, however, they were cleared of all charges.

Butt told the mediapersons that even the family members of Khan were not talking to him after the team’s defeat.

Though the parliamentary sports committee frequently summons cricket board officials, it merely has the power to give recommendations to the prime minister and the president.