Younus Khan will discuss his future with the Pakistan

Younus Khan will discuss his future with the Pakistan Cricket Board after tendering his resignation as captain over match-fixing allegations.

He offered to go after Jamshed Dasti, National Assembly committee chairman, alleged the team deliberately under-performed at the ICC Champions Trophy.

“The allegations hurt me and my family. We are honourable people,” said Younus.

“I am going to meet with the chairman of the board this week and I will discuss my future frankly with him.”

Younus made his decision to quit after Dasti, the chief of the National Assembly standing committee on sports, said he would investigate reports that Pakistan had deliberately under-performed in their games against Australia and New Zealand – although the committee cleared the team of any match-fixing charges.

Having already booked their place in the last four before losing to Australia in their final group game, Pakistan lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals.

Dasti later claimed his remarks had been misunderstood and that he had never intended to suggest match-fixing by players.

“I was shocked with talk about us under-performing against Australia as we defended a low total of 205 against the world champions until the final ball,” said 31-year-old batsman Younus.

“Such allegations demoralised me and the team. I don’t think any honourable and respectable person can tolerate such accusations made publicly.

“Nothing is more important for me than my self respect. Cricket comes later.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board now has to take a decision. I am available to talk to them but I can only rethink my decision on my own terms.”

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, who rejected Younus’s resignation, said he hoped to persuade him to change his mind, but if not, the matter would be decided by a meeting of the board’s governing council on 19 October.

“I know Younus is upset and hurt but I will meet him in the next few days and do my best to convince him to change his mind,” said Butt.

Former players, fans and politicians across the country have also urged Younus to reconsider his decision.

“I am flattered by the support people have shown for me in this time,” he said.

“It is what makes one proud to be leading his country.”

Pakistan will fly to New Zealand in November for a three-Test tour.

Younus has scored 5,260 runs in 63 Tests – at an average over 50 – since making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2000, and succeeded Shoaib Malik as Pakistan captain in January 2009.

He has also appeared in 194 one-day internationals and led Pakistan to victory at the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in England earlier this year – before retiring from Twenty20 internationals.

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