Pakistan news October 13, 2009

Younis offers to quit as captain

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Pakistan captain Younis Khan has offered to resign his post following days of increasing rumour and speculation surrounding Pakistan's exit from the Champions Trophy in South Africa. The board has yet to take a decision on the offer, which was made during a meeting of a National Assembly committee called to discuss the issue.

Pakistan's semi-final loss to New Zealand, and Younis's crucial dropped catch off Grant Elliot, were the subject of an Indian newspaper report that hinted at more to the loss than what met the eye. The ICC immediately cracked down on the report and though it was retracted the next day, it snowballed in Pakistan in the following days, culminating in today's meeting of the National Assembly's standing committee on sports in Islamabad.

The meeting was called for by the head of the committee, Jamshed Dasti, who claimed that Pakistan's loss was the result of match-fixing, before he took back the allegations. At the meeting, Younis, already prepared with a letter of resignation, publicly made the offer to stand down, incensed at increasing media reports casting doubt on his and the team's integrity. The PCB turned it down at the meeting - and the committee told them to tackle the matter privately - but after the meeting Younis again, briefly, discussed the topic with Ijaz Butt, chairman PCB, and also in attendance.

But the PCB refused to confirm whether they had accepted the resignation, or clarify what the current situation was. "Younis did offer to resign during the National Assembly meeting," Ijaz Butt, chairman PCB, told Cricinfo. "The matchfixing allegations and Pakistan's loss was being discussed and this was stated by Younis. It was said in a public forum so we have to think this over and I have to discuss it with him separately. I have to discuss it further and will not comment any further now."

It is believed that in his resignation letter, Younis has also said he does not want to take part in the upcoming series against New Zealand or the tour to Australia towards the end of the year.

The development was criticised by former players, who blamed it on political interference and called it a blow to the sport in the country.

"Politicians have no need to interfere in cricket and they have not only snatched our captain but have damaged the game badly," Ramiz Raja said. "Our honourable captain was insulted by the investigation and we acted on baseless allegations."

Another former captain, Rashid Latif, blamed the media and the PCB. "I think the media was irresponsible by relaying an inauthentic statement by someone and Younus, being an honourable man, resigned over that. I don't see him taking his decision back," he said.

Younis, of course, has a history with captaincy. He once stepped down from his role as stand-in skipper, days before the 2006 Champions Trophy, because he was unhappy with the board administration over a number of seemingly trivial issues. Once the administration changed, however, he took up the role again. A few months later, after the 2007 World Cup and Inzamam-ul-Haq's resignation, he turned down the captaincy claiming later that the environment and circumstances at the time were not right for him to take it up. He only took over as full-time captain in February this year, after Shoaib Malik was pushed aside.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • Jawad_Ali on October 16, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    @mujeeb... let me tell you that Misbah's avergae is 39 in ODI with a SR of 81.23 and then Shahid Afridi, S Mali or Akmal all have other duties too.

    In 2009 his bating average is 24.88 in 16 matches.

    Younis' best ODI averages are against Kenya 123, Hong Kong 105 and Zimbabwe 47. On the other hand its 15 against Aussies & 25 against RSA. What is left behind?

    Lets compare younis with some other captains too...

    MS Dhoni Avg 49.67 SR 90.15 and he keeps as well K. Sangakara Avg 35.79 SR 73.95 and keeps as well Rocki Ponting Avg 43.17 SR 80.58 and does not drop sitters Chris Gayle Avg 39.94 SR 83.01 and a match winner Greame Smith Avg 41.03 SR 82.82 and an inspiring leader

    You have to admit that he does not deserve to be in our ODI side.

  • Mujeeb.ur.Rahman on October 16, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    @adnan. Hold on. You said Younus has an average of 33, but i dont see any Pakistani having average near 40 except Yousuf with somewhat 42. Do you want Pakistan to play with Yousuf, a keeper and all freshmen...? And before semis He also ststed that it is not up yet..... We will only be happy if we won the trophy. But that was a misfortune. What could He get if He had "showed some disappointment"...?

  • adnan_siddiqui on October 15, 2009, 22:15 GMT

    Younis Khan doesn't have the personality nor the stats to be the captain of Pakistan ODI side. His mediocre record in ODI (average of 33) coupled with his inability to rise to big occasions being the major reasons. Looking back at his ODI record, its tough to recall any game which you would say he won for Pakistan. Although tests are totally different. I think Younis shouldnt even be there in the ODI side. Also, it seems like Younis khan sets very low targets for the team and is consistently trying to have fun without winning. Reaching a semi final is a great achievement in his opinion, which in fact could be true but one really wishes to see him show some disappointment rather than saying team did well. But that again depicts the mentality of Pakistan's batting order which consists of batsman targeting scoring 30's and 40's every three or four games good enough for maintaining their place in an incompetent batting line up.

  • Cricket_crazyy on October 14, 2009, 12:23 GMT

    When Pakistan won the T20 world cup you praise them till you run out of words. If they loose the semifinals the politicians abuse them and hurt their cricketing spirit.

  • mdgajju on October 14, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    See this is what I hate about all of us... It is indeed very hypocritical of all of us... After the Twenty20 World Cup, we kept on boasting about how awesome Shahid Afridi played... and just because he had an unsuccessful Champions Trophy, we're saying he doesn't deserve to be captain... The guy has been playing for over a decade now... Cricket ain't an easy sport, it has its ups and downs... If Younus resigns (which he shouldn't) that in my opinion only Afridi can bring Pakistan cricket back to life... He's been saying he wants to be captain, its high time we gave him a chance... The Pakistan Cricket Board has always had issues and we (th people) have never been happy with our team and our players... We have seen them with the most prestige when they played well, and we abused them when they were having their downs... Its time we show our team some respect cause end of the day, we are the champions....

  • Jawaidnazir on October 14, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    Very good decision made by Yunis Khan. He knows, there is no place for him in the team, I hope he will make the decision to quit from the team soon. Very good Younis khan I really like you. Misbah, Malik and Yousuf learn lesson from Younis.

  • don69 on October 14, 2009, 7:18 GMT

    you can say a lot about Pakistan history with allegations of match-fixing, but one thing you can't say is that THIS captain has anything to do with that. Since day 1 when he became captain he has pushed Pakistan to win every single match they have played, and under very testing cicumstances. One dropped catch? come on! Australia won a world championship off a dropped catch by one of the finest fielders ever... So he dropped a catch - so what. You lose some and you win some. Pakistan - get Younis back in the captain's seat RIGHT NOW if you want to move forward.

  • rzi-BDML on October 14, 2009, 4:52 GMT

    There are only two options for a game: either win or lose, and only a rare chance for no result. Why should the asian countries like Pak and India do not accept this fact. we not only curse the players at defeats but also blame them shamelessly. very poor show Mr. Dasti, its u who is responsible for the whole issue. Neither of the players, spectators and media reacted as badly as u did. U've insulted us as a nation and our beloved team and respected Captain. U should come forward to solve the isssu now and appologise from all the nation, specialy Mr. Younis.

  • Sherazpakistan on October 14, 2009, 3:56 GMT

    Rao Iftikhar for captain!!

  • jamil on October 14, 2009, 3:53 GMT

    so we get one reasonable captain after a long time and we make sure that he is screwed in every "way" possible. Younis agrees and so does the world that he made a mess of the catch and he didn't decide properly on the batting power play, but it is a sport. S*it happens. Look at Ponting - the spineless pathetic guy who is still there as a captain after losing the Ashes twice to a shame of a team in England - he is still there. So who are we gonna make the captain? Afridi - the guy who scored 4 runs in an innings that mattered the most? Come on freakin' politicians and media - I think PCB and Younis should sue the politicians and media for defamation - specially after everyone retracted the news. I hope PCB acts in a reasonable way and make Younis come back to team. What a week this has been - Khuda rehm karey.

  • Jawad_Ali on October 16, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    @mujeeb... let me tell you that Misbah's avergae is 39 in ODI with a SR of 81.23 and then Shahid Afridi, S Mali or Akmal all have other duties too.

    In 2009 his bating average is 24.88 in 16 matches.

    Younis' best ODI averages are against Kenya 123, Hong Kong 105 and Zimbabwe 47. On the other hand its 15 against Aussies & 25 against RSA. What is left behind?

    Lets compare younis with some other captains too...

    MS Dhoni Avg 49.67 SR 90.15 and he keeps as well K. Sangakara Avg 35.79 SR 73.95 and keeps as well Rocki Ponting Avg 43.17 SR 80.58 and does not drop sitters Chris Gayle Avg 39.94 SR 83.01 and a match winner Greame Smith Avg 41.03 SR 82.82 and an inspiring leader

    You have to admit that he does not deserve to be in our ODI side.

  • Mujeeb.ur.Rahman on October 16, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    @adnan. Hold on. You said Younus has an average of 33, but i dont see any Pakistani having average near 40 except Yousuf with somewhat 42. Do you want Pakistan to play with Yousuf, a keeper and all freshmen...? And before semis He also ststed that it is not up yet..... We will only be happy if we won the trophy. But that was a misfortune. What could He get if He had "showed some disappointment"...?

  • adnan_siddiqui on October 15, 2009, 22:15 GMT

    Younis Khan doesn't have the personality nor the stats to be the captain of Pakistan ODI side. His mediocre record in ODI (average of 33) coupled with his inability to rise to big occasions being the major reasons. Looking back at his ODI record, its tough to recall any game which you would say he won for Pakistan. Although tests are totally different. I think Younis shouldnt even be there in the ODI side. Also, it seems like Younis khan sets very low targets for the team and is consistently trying to have fun without winning. Reaching a semi final is a great achievement in his opinion, which in fact could be true but one really wishes to see him show some disappointment rather than saying team did well. But that again depicts the mentality of Pakistan's batting order which consists of batsman targeting scoring 30's and 40's every three or four games good enough for maintaining their place in an incompetent batting line up.

  • Cricket_crazyy on October 14, 2009, 12:23 GMT

    When Pakistan won the T20 world cup you praise them till you run out of words. If they loose the semifinals the politicians abuse them and hurt their cricketing spirit.

  • mdgajju on October 14, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    See this is what I hate about all of us... It is indeed very hypocritical of all of us... After the Twenty20 World Cup, we kept on boasting about how awesome Shahid Afridi played... and just because he had an unsuccessful Champions Trophy, we're saying he doesn't deserve to be captain... The guy has been playing for over a decade now... Cricket ain't an easy sport, it has its ups and downs... If Younus resigns (which he shouldn't) that in my opinion only Afridi can bring Pakistan cricket back to life... He's been saying he wants to be captain, its high time we gave him a chance... The Pakistan Cricket Board has always had issues and we (th people) have never been happy with our team and our players... We have seen them with the most prestige when they played well, and we abused them when they were having their downs... Its time we show our team some respect cause end of the day, we are the champions....

  • Jawaidnazir on October 14, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    Very good decision made by Yunis Khan. He knows, there is no place for him in the team, I hope he will make the decision to quit from the team soon. Very good Younis khan I really like you. Misbah, Malik and Yousuf learn lesson from Younis.

  • don69 on October 14, 2009, 7:18 GMT

    you can say a lot about Pakistan history with allegations of match-fixing, but one thing you can't say is that THIS captain has anything to do with that. Since day 1 when he became captain he has pushed Pakistan to win every single match they have played, and under very testing cicumstances. One dropped catch? come on! Australia won a world championship off a dropped catch by one of the finest fielders ever... So he dropped a catch - so what. You lose some and you win some. Pakistan - get Younis back in the captain's seat RIGHT NOW if you want to move forward.

  • rzi-BDML on October 14, 2009, 4:52 GMT

    There are only two options for a game: either win or lose, and only a rare chance for no result. Why should the asian countries like Pak and India do not accept this fact. we not only curse the players at defeats but also blame them shamelessly. very poor show Mr. Dasti, its u who is responsible for the whole issue. Neither of the players, spectators and media reacted as badly as u did. U've insulted us as a nation and our beloved team and respected Captain. U should come forward to solve the isssu now and appologise from all the nation, specialy Mr. Younis.

  • Sherazpakistan on October 14, 2009, 3:56 GMT

    Rao Iftikhar for captain!!

  • jamil on October 14, 2009, 3:53 GMT

    so we get one reasonable captain after a long time and we make sure that he is screwed in every "way" possible. Younis agrees and so does the world that he made a mess of the catch and he didn't decide properly on the batting power play, but it is a sport. S*it happens. Look at Ponting - the spineless pathetic guy who is still there as a captain after losing the Ashes twice to a shame of a team in England - he is still there. So who are we gonna make the captain? Afridi - the guy who scored 4 runs in an innings that mattered the most? Come on freakin' politicians and media - I think PCB and Younis should sue the politicians and media for defamation - specially after everyone retracted the news. I hope PCB acts in a reasonable way and make Younis come back to team. What a week this has been - Khuda rehm karey.

  • achillies_sez on October 14, 2009, 1:47 GMT

    Just when you think India-Pakistan matches are going to be fun again,this thing happens...and what a shame, it had to happen because of some 3rd rate journalism. I am an Indian supporter, but it is just sad to see this happen Pakistan just when things seem to get better for their cricket. It is sad to see Younis Khan give up ...and for once, I wish Pakistan politicians would back their cricketers. Good luck!!

  • Junaid-khan on October 14, 2009, 0:04 GMT

    I wud say If politations have right to call the caption and other management on unrealistic elegations then these politation sud be responisable to the peaople of pakistan to give us answare who was responsiable when no one was coming to play cricket in pakistan and after that the Brave Srilankans came to spport our cricketthen who was responsiable to provide them full security and all that, offcourse POLITATIONS!

  • jathol on October 13, 2009, 22:30 GMT

    i think yonus khan did the right thing, i dont he was the perfect man for that position(captain).everyone thinks hes nice and gentle kind of a person but he was very selfish in the champions trophy, he was told to rest atleast 6 weeks but he still played. misbah ul haq was out, just because yonus was playing. We all saw how well he fielded(yonus) against Aus, gave gave many runs, then a very important catch. i think its time now when he should quit playing from pakistan, or just represent pakistan in test games.

  • Scrop on October 13, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    Why do Pakistan politicians interfere in cricketing matters ? They don't have any other matter to discuss in their Parliament ? Does Pakistan Government have everything else perfect for their politicians to talk about Cricket in Parliament ?

    Sad to see Younis offer resignation.. He has led team from front..

  • emad on October 13, 2009, 21:44 GMT

    HOLY! why do politicians think they know everything about sports? In sports there will ALWAYS be one winner, and ONE LOSER! if someone losses it's not the first time in history that it has happened. Younis Khan is the best captain pakistan has gotten in a few years, and stupid politicians are saying things against the team. Instead of praising pakistan for getting to the Semi's, when they weren't expected to, they proved everyone wrong. This is teh problem for media in south asia, THEY'RE NEVER PLEASED! If Younis does end up leaving the team, EVERYONE should point fingers at the media and politicians. Younis Khan, you've got our support!

  • salmanksa on October 13, 2009, 21:21 GMT

    I just don't believe it, these things have not came in my mind despite of the loss in semi final. This is the diversion made by the Indian media as Pakistan completely outplayed India and also the Champions of T20 and in both the tournament Indian team didn't performed well. Younis did the right thing that he offers his resignation. How could any one say that the catch drop was a match fixing even it was a simplest of cathes but we do have a history that the marvelous fielders also have dropped the lolly pop catches. This is the time that Pakistan cricket is raising their game and having their mark in the game and they have also came very close to beat Australia which not even i everyone knows that only Pakistan team can do it, which was later admitted by Ricky Ponting that he didn't have any idea that the match can be so close that the finish was on the last ball of the match. Pakistan team and nation should unite and support their heroes.

  • wgtnpom on October 13, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    It's a sad day when a player can't even drop a catch without being accused of match fixing. Yes, it was a fairly easy catch but they do sometimes go down - if an English or Australian player had dropped it (or almost anyone else for that matter) there would have been no fuss. Once again the Indians (this time their media rather than the BCCI) are ruining the world game for everybody just to serve their own selfish interests.

  • bjoy on October 13, 2009, 21:08 GMT

    Younis seems an upright person and I think he is a very honorable man. But I don;t think he should resign every time there is an allegation.

    Allegations will be there. When Hansie Cronje was accused by Bombay Police nobody believed. Hansie also seemed at the time to be above any type of taint. Almost nobody believed that it was possible for him (and others) to be corrupt.

    With that kinda history these things are likely to come up and it's only reasonable that they come up. All these ex cricketers dumping on the politicians is use less because when it was happening in their midst they didn't come clean and blow the whistle. So since they didn't in the best interests of the game when they could, their anger now seems so self serving.

  • sanjeevs50 on October 13, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    In cricket crazy countries of the subcontinent there will be some people who would rake up such issues to get free publicity. Now who does not know the name Dasti. He got his 15 minutes of international fame. Younis has to understand that there is no point in throwing up the captaincy for this. People will never grow up. You have to live with them.

  • MattNayyar on October 13, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    This is not the first time that Pakistani politicians have screwed up the matters that are sensitive to our country. Who has given rights to these corrupt bone heads to question our national heroes. Don't they know their own credibility? These suckers have no right to intervene into our cricket matters. I would also condemn our media who has played another time a very irresponsible role. I would support the decision Younis has made and I believe this is the best action he took to communicate the message to Pakistani politicians.

  • faizh on October 13, 2009, 19:10 GMT

    I am disgusted by Younis Khan.Every other week he talks about resigning. Everyone knows captaining Pakistan is one of the most difficult job in the sports world and that should not come as a complete surprise to him. I agree this match fixing accusation was criminal but he needs to develop some thick skin. I am getting fed up with him and if I am the board chairman I would say 'Son, it comes with the territory. Develop a backbone or get out'.

  • zeshu34 on October 13, 2009, 18:38 GMT

    Younis did the rite thing to offer resignation. These Pakistani politicians... Pakistani team reached the semifinal and they won the T20 world cup what else one should want. No team can win all the tournament.

  • sameershussain on October 13, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    I really dont understand why it happens to all the time topoor Pakistan, I have been following the cricket, the Match Fixing is all over the world but every time every one Points the fingers only at PAK, ofcourse polititions has to keep themselfs out from this, they have to ask themselfs how honest they are.

  • Rajan_TR on October 13, 2009, 18:30 GMT

    This comes to me as the worst possible thing for Pakistan cricket. Irrespective of which country, I do believe, media should be more responsible. For cricket's sake, such controversies must be dealt in a more subtle manner. I feel for Younis Khan as a cricketer, he has gone through lots ever since, or whenever he was the captain of the Pakistan team. If there is an allegation of match-fixing, what is ICC Anti-Corruption unit doing? Its time they stepped in to clarify certain things.

  • SaeedChaudhry on October 13, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    I have attended the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports. Niether anyone blamed Captain Younus Khan nor criticized him even on his own performance. All allegations came through media without any confirmation. The Committee has the right to call anyone and to clarify the matters, if any. Everyone should be accountable. Yeah, the overall performance of the team was discussed, particularly against the New Zealand. It was pointed out that the performance of the team was not upto the mark as they have recentlt won the T20 Worldcup. The managemnt of PCB was criticized for poor planning and lack of vision for such an important tournament. I think that it was the PCB management who used the Younus Khan to save themselves. Younus Khan was totally ignorant about the rules and procedures and he was miss-guided about the Committee. If the some members of the Committee put some allegations, then why PCB's managent didn't offer their resignations????

  • vivaelmore on October 13, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    Here we go again.....I'm totally satisfied with Pakistan's performance in Champions Trophy and I do not believe in any match fixing allegations. But at the same time, I think Younis Khan needs to mature a little. If you are praised for your wins you gotta face some criticism as well. People like me who were never in favor that Younis should play with injury will criticize his dropped catch and he should understand. We may not believe Wasim Akram with the injury (remember quarter final of 1996 World Cup) but we will always belive Younis as he is not a liar. We would not have question his committment to the team or the nation.

    Additionally, I think Younis is not such a good captain when it comes to the technical part of the game. Yes he may be a good captain to unite the team but when it comes to taking the batting power play, he is totally clueless. Someone should tell him that you he can take batting power play any time during the innings and don't have to wait untill 45th over.

  • geebob on October 13, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    Another victim of baseless media allegations and exploitation of the game. A loss should be treated as a loss, not looked into as foul-play. Who in their proper minds would get involved in match-fixing and nonsense given the amount of scrutiny they go under?

    And why only sub-continental teams face this? Why don't people in Aus/NZ question their teams when they lose?

    The mentality of the fans and the countries towards the game and gamesmanship should change. A victory is treated with heaven and loss with hell. We should probably stick to being on earth for both.

    Just when Pakistan cricket is getting revived through wonderful performances on the field, this kind of events smacks of an 'anti-cricket' movement, aimed at derailing the game in that country.

    I remember Younis Khan himself suggesting that the only way youth in Pakistan can be protected from the evils of extremism in that country is by giving them a hope, an active distraction.

    Looks like that has taken a hit again.

  • Outraged-of-Mayfair on October 13, 2009, 17:10 GMT

    I can't believe this. What an insult to Younis Khan? What an insult to NZ cricket! I think from memory the same nonsense surfaced when NZ won the event in 2005. Apparently some guys just can't allow NZ to achieve anything of merit without having the odds stacked in their favour. Get over yourselves.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on October 13, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    Are we going to see yet another Pakistan captain? They did not have any stable captain after Imran. It was only Inzi for a brief period of time. Inzi should have been captain long back instead of Moin, Rashid, etc.

    Coming to the match fixing issue, I feel its a hoax. Younis is a very responsible captain and a long server of Pakistan cricket. He should not be treated shabbily in this manner. The concerned people should apologize and ask him not to step down. He is the best person to take Pakistan cricket forward at the moment.

  • CricFan810 on October 13, 2009, 16:34 GMT

    This is very unfortunate that politcians are interferring in the most popular sport of the country.. They arent concerned about development of the skeleton of sports.. but just taking actions on mere speculations, spreaded by indian media.. They sholud have welcomed & congratulate the team Pakistan, on their arrival.. Since they made it into semi-finals.. Politicians are doing more harm then good here..

  • milindgagabaee on October 13, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    Younis khan is very good but he should've not played the champions trophy matches since he was injured

  • andygates on October 13, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous....I feel bad for younis...I m an indian and i feel this is just stupid......I have followed pakistan cricket and i feel they are just genuine players who take pride to represent thier country....These allegations just dont make sense....how did they end up with T20 world cup beating quality sides ????That time no one raised questions.....PCB should support thier players like the BCCI will support no matter what its players do......there is just not enough money generated for them by thier players i guess......

  • ajaydesai on October 13, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    It is really sad in Indian Sub continent, when politics gets involved in gentlemen's game. Pakistan should be grafeful to Younus Khan for winnning 20-20 championship and getting Pakistan into semi finals of Champion Trophy. Same thing happens in India also. Indians and Pakistani fans and politicians should learn something called sportsmanspirit. After all cricketeers are human beings and they also make mistakes but that does not mean they have done delibrately. People of sub continent should behave in appropiate manner whether it is victory or loss

  • V.GOMES on October 13, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Is it me or does Pakistan always claim its players of match-fixing after a loss. They did it after pakistan got routed, in both the test and ODI's, in the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year. A rather creative excuse. I think Pakistan needs to accept the defeats and stop finding excuses like India does all the time.

    Them winning the T20 world could have been a better case of match fixing. I mean, did you see the way Dilshan waisted the first five balls of the innings and gave a simple catch in the last ball. Quite curious for the player of the tournament. Every time India or Pakistan "wins", one must suspect match fixing,.. not the other way around. You don't need to pay these guys to loose, they do for free all the time

  • wanderer1 on October 13, 2009, 15:09 GMT

    Don't go Younis, we all love you!!! A good man was lost to sheer incompetence and corrupt people around him.

  • Mr.niceguy on October 13, 2009, 15:08 GMT

    I am a sri lankan but I 'am shocked and do feel sorry for whole pakistan cricket and younis khan. Just when pakistan cricket started to propel this happened. Yes younis dropped a simplest of catch you will ever see during the semi final but how could you possibly say that's match fixing...!?! If he really wanted to do that he wouldn't have call Amir (Most successful bowler of pakistan) to ball that over at the first place. With all respect to the other players I don't see a possible candidate which could fill the captaincy role given the fact that malik is not in the list. Afridi does not have the temperament like youins to captain a side. Younis was calm, relaxed and always with a smile but kept his team on toes.

  • Mr.niceguy on October 13, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    I am a sri lankan but I 'am shocked and do feel sorry for whole pakistan cricket and younis khan. Just when pakistan cricket started to propel this happened. Yes younis dropped a simplest of catch you will ever see during the semi final but how could you possibly say that's match fixing...!?! If he really wanted to do that he wouldn't have call Amir (Most successive bowler of pakistan) to ball that over at the first place. With all respect to the other players I don't see a possible candidate which could fill the captaincy role given the fact that malik is not in the list. Afridi does not have the temperament like youins to captain a side. Younis was calm, relaxed and always with a smile but kept his team on toes.

  • kai-great on October 13, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    I felt sorry for younis whenever I came to know his fielding and batting result in the champions trophy, he's a good player and could do better. he made a correct decesion or not. He was just an average player. But if he loves cricket he will do better in his career form now on in his life.

  • Jackb24 on October 13, 2009, 15:04 GMT

    I couldn't agree with Ramiz and Rashid more. My first reaction to the whole situation was- Is a particular group of Indian media trying to make a diversion from the truth that Indians were outplayed by Pakistanis. If that were true, then its a very cheap shot. I am an Indian and obviously a huge cricket fan. Younis seems to be an honest man and these match fixing allegations on him are not only absurd but unfair, by making him go through all this based on little evidence. Its time PCB stepped up and start defending their players, and focus on the investigating the authenticity of accusations.

  • Houley on October 13, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    Perhaps it's a case of history counting against the Pakistan team in this instance. Quite simply Younis dropped a sitter- it happens. He is a cricketer who has carried himself with dignity throughout his career and is not deserving of such comments. It's a shame to see that with all of the trouble Pakistan has with hosting international cricket- that they cannot even form a united front on this issue and deal with it in an appropriate manner. As a New Zealand fan I am saddened that Pakistan can no longer be toured due to a despicable act of terrorism, and I hope that Pakistan cricket can in the not too distant future be able to host matched once again, such nonsense from its board that only taint the current team and itself are not helpful.

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  • Houley on October 13, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    Perhaps it's a case of history counting against the Pakistan team in this instance. Quite simply Younis dropped a sitter- it happens. He is a cricketer who has carried himself with dignity throughout his career and is not deserving of such comments. It's a shame to see that with all of the trouble Pakistan has with hosting international cricket- that they cannot even form a united front on this issue and deal with it in an appropriate manner. As a New Zealand fan I am saddened that Pakistan can no longer be toured due to a despicable act of terrorism, and I hope that Pakistan cricket can in the not too distant future be able to host matched once again, such nonsense from its board that only taint the current team and itself are not helpful.

  • Jackb24 on October 13, 2009, 15:04 GMT

    I couldn't agree with Ramiz and Rashid more. My first reaction to the whole situation was- Is a particular group of Indian media trying to make a diversion from the truth that Indians were outplayed by Pakistanis. If that were true, then its a very cheap shot. I am an Indian and obviously a huge cricket fan. Younis seems to be an honest man and these match fixing allegations on him are not only absurd but unfair, by making him go through all this based on little evidence. Its time PCB stepped up and start defending their players, and focus on the investigating the authenticity of accusations.

  • kai-great on October 13, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    I felt sorry for younis whenever I came to know his fielding and batting result in the champions trophy, he's a good player and could do better. he made a correct decesion or not. He was just an average player. But if he loves cricket he will do better in his career form now on in his life.

  • Mr.niceguy on October 13, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    I am a sri lankan but I 'am shocked and do feel sorry for whole pakistan cricket and younis khan. Just when pakistan cricket started to propel this happened. Yes younis dropped a simplest of catch you will ever see during the semi final but how could you possibly say that's match fixing...!?! If he really wanted to do that he wouldn't have call Amir (Most successive bowler of pakistan) to ball that over at the first place. With all respect to the other players I don't see a possible candidate which could fill the captaincy role given the fact that malik is not in the list. Afridi does not have the temperament like youins to captain a side. Younis was calm, relaxed and always with a smile but kept his team on toes.

  • Mr.niceguy on October 13, 2009, 15:08 GMT

    I am a sri lankan but I 'am shocked and do feel sorry for whole pakistan cricket and younis khan. Just when pakistan cricket started to propel this happened. Yes younis dropped a simplest of catch you will ever see during the semi final but how could you possibly say that's match fixing...!?! If he really wanted to do that he wouldn't have call Amir (Most successful bowler of pakistan) to ball that over at the first place. With all respect to the other players I don't see a possible candidate which could fill the captaincy role given the fact that malik is not in the list. Afridi does not have the temperament like youins to captain a side. Younis was calm, relaxed and always with a smile but kept his team on toes.

  • wanderer1 on October 13, 2009, 15:09 GMT

    Don't go Younis, we all love you!!! A good man was lost to sheer incompetence and corrupt people around him.

  • V.GOMES on October 13, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Is it me or does Pakistan always claim its players of match-fixing after a loss. They did it after pakistan got routed, in both the test and ODI's, in the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year. A rather creative excuse. I think Pakistan needs to accept the defeats and stop finding excuses like India does all the time.

    Them winning the T20 world could have been a better case of match fixing. I mean, did you see the way Dilshan waisted the first five balls of the innings and gave a simple catch in the last ball. Quite curious for the player of the tournament. Every time India or Pakistan "wins", one must suspect match fixing,.. not the other way around. You don't need to pay these guys to loose, they do for free all the time

  • ajaydesai on October 13, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    It is really sad in Indian Sub continent, when politics gets involved in gentlemen's game. Pakistan should be grafeful to Younus Khan for winnning 20-20 championship and getting Pakistan into semi finals of Champion Trophy. Same thing happens in India also. Indians and Pakistani fans and politicians should learn something called sportsmanspirit. After all cricketeers are human beings and they also make mistakes but that does not mean they have done delibrately. People of sub continent should behave in appropiate manner whether it is victory or loss

  • andygates on October 13, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous....I feel bad for younis...I m an indian and i feel this is just stupid......I have followed pakistan cricket and i feel they are just genuine players who take pride to represent thier country....These allegations just dont make sense....how did they end up with T20 world cup beating quality sides ????That time no one raised questions.....PCB should support thier players like the BCCI will support no matter what its players do......there is just not enough money generated for them by thier players i guess......

  • milindgagabaee on October 13, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    Younis khan is very good but he should've not played the champions trophy matches since he was injured