Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has rejected Younis Khan’s resignation and expects the veteran batsman to remain captain until the 2011 World Cup.
Khan offered his resignation last week amid match-fixing allegations. Butt said on Monday that he had not accepted the resignation and that if Khan remains fit, he would lead the Pakistan team at the next World Cup.
“He will continue as captain until the World Cup in 2011, if he stays fit,” Butt said.
A disgruntled Khan quit soon after appearing before a parliamentary committee on sports which cleared the Pakistan team of match-fixing charges in the Champions Trophy.
Khan was angered by the taint of match-fixing allegations which first surfaced in the Indian media soon after Pakistan lost a Champions Trophy match against Australia.
Butt said there was no reason to accept Khan’s resignation as he had steered his team to victory in the T20 World Cup in England, defeated India in a Champions Trophy group match and also qualified for the semifinals of the event. “With so many performances this year do you think he should be changed?” Butt asked reporters.
The PCB chief said had he been in Khan’s place, he too would have resigned after the allegations surfaced when Pakistan lost the last group game against Australia and later the semifinal against New Zealand.
“He reacted after so many things happened and I would have done the same had I been in his place,” Butt said.
Khan was appointed captain earlier this year after Pakistan lost a one-day series at home against Sri Lanka under Shoaib Malik’s captaincy.
Pakistan is scheduled to play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates next month before playing three Test matches in New Zealand.
The series was shifted due to security concerns in Pakistan.