Younis skips PCB meeting

October 16th, 2009 - 10:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Oct 16 (IANS) Younis Khan, who resigned as Pakistan captain over match-fixing allegations earlier this week, missed Friday’s meeting of top officials in Lahore, raising further speculations over his future as the national team skipper.
Younis was absent from a ‘debriefing session’ of the Champions Trophy 2009 that took place at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) headquarter in Lahore.

A PCB statement issued after the meeting tried to downplay his absence, saying that Younis had informed PCB chairman Ijaz Butt about his decision not to attend the session as he already met him the other day.

“Younis Khan did not attend as he had held a detailed discussion a day earlier with the Chairman and had informed about his absence from this session,” said the statement.

During the session, discussions were held on Pakistan team’s performance at the Champions Trophy. “It was the unanimous opinion of the participants that Pakistan team’s performance at the Champions Trophy was more than satisfactory,” said the statement.

The PCB think-tank also discussed Pakistan’s upcoming series against New Zealand. Butt outlined various strategies leading up to the World T20 in 2010 and the World Cup 2011.

The PCB chairman stated “such meetings will now be a regular feature as these discussions give insight on various matters and solutions for benefit of cricket”.

According to sources, Butt is still undecided whether to accept Younis’s resignation or his demands. Younis wants a longer captaincy term and more powers.

He resigned as captain on Tuesday after a parliamentary committee on sports launched a probe into reports that Pakistan may have thrown its Champions Trophy matches against Australia and New Zealand in South Africa earlier this month.

The committee, however, exonerated the Pakistan team of any wrongdoing during the elite eight-nation tournament.

The session was attended by chairman of selectors, Iqbal Qasim, the coach Intikhab Alam, team manager Yawar Saeed, associate manager Shafqat Rana, and the vice-captain Shahid Afridi.

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