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What I did was justified, says Younis

Younis Khan defended his decision to resign as Pakistan cricket captain, saying he was shocked and demoralised by suggestions of match-fixing, but said he had not closed the door on the captaincy.

cricket Updated: Oct 14, 2009 21:56 IST

Younis Khan defended his decision to resign as Pakistan cricket captain, saying he was shocked and demoralised by suggestions of match-fixing, but said he had not closed the door on the captaincy.

“What I did was justified because the allegations really hurt me and my family. We are honourable people,” Younus told Reuters on Wednesday, a day after tendering his resignation.

“But I am going to meet with the chairman this week and I will discuss my future frankly with him,” Younis added.

Younis submitted his resignation to the board (PCB) chief during a hearing of the National Assembly standing committee on sports in Islamabad.

The hearing was convened after committee chairman Jamshed Dasti said he would investigate reports that Pakistan had deliberately under-performed against Australia and New Zealand in the Champions Trophy which ended last week.

Dasti later denied making match-fixing allegations and said his remarks had been misunderstood.

Younis, who led Pakistan into the semi-finals of the competition, said: “I was shocked with talk about us under-performing against Australia as we defended a low total of 205 against the world champions till the final ball. “I don’t think any honourable and respectable person can tolerate such accusations made publicly.”