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Younis refuses to be Inzy's replacement for Champions

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:19 IST

Younis Khan dramatically refused the cricket captaincy of Pakistan on Thursday, just two days before the team was due to fly to India for the Champions Trophy.

"I don't want to be a dummy captain and the reason why I have refused the captaincy will be revealed afterward," Younis told reporters at a press conference in Lahore with coach Bob Woolmer.

Younis was scheduled to hold a full press conference ahead of the team's departure for Jaipur on Saturday but instead he turned up, uttered one sentence and left.

Younis was appointed captain late last month after the International Cricket Council slapped a four match ban on captain Inzamam-ul-Haq following August's Oval Test fiasco.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director of operations Saleem Altaf told reporters: "Younis has not told us any reason and we are in negotiations with him. As soon as we get any details we will reveal them to the media."

The PCB was holding an emergency briefing at its headquarters in Lahore between chairman Shaharyar Khan and other officials.

Stylish 28-year-old batsman Younis has led Pakistan in two Tests and two one-day internationals, winning and losing one each in both forms of the game.