DateLine: 14th October 2009
Aggrieved Pakistan skipper Younis Khan said that a feeling of being betrayed by people in the top tier of power pushed him into resigning from captaincy.
"I did what I thought was the right thing. I have worked very hard to keep this team united for the last eight months despite problems. So when anyone accuses me or the team of fixing matches then I have no option but to resign," Younis said in an interview.
The skipper under which Pakistan lifted the T20 World Championship said that apart from being hurt by allegations of match fixing, there were some other issues as well that prompted him to hand over his resignation to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt.
"I don't want to elaborate on them but the last eight months have been tough for me and I have still tried to do my best as captain and player to unite the team," he said.
"I played with a broken finger in the Champions trophy because I wanted the team to do well. I have always tried to lead from the front. I may have made some mistakes but my intentions have only been for the betterment of the team and Pakistan cricket," he added.
He said that it was natural for him to feel upset when fingers were pointed at his decisions and the team's performances.
"I will have a very frank discussion with the Chairman of the board whenever he invites me to discuss my resignation because some issues need to be sorted out like the term of my captaincy," he said.
Younis said considering the team just lifted the T20 WC a few months ago he was astonished by the sharp criticism so soon.
"As captain in the last eight months I have set certain goals for myself and the team and I just want to know what this criticism against me is about. Has not the team shown any improvement in the last eight months? Is there no difference in the performance of the side now?" he asked.
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