Ramiz asks Pak senator to apologise for levelling match-fixing charges

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Lahore, Oct 19 (ANI): Pakistan's former captain Ramiz Raja has asked chairman of the National Assembly's standing committee on sports, Jamshed Dasti, to apologise to the nation for accusing the team of match-fixing.

Raja backed skipper Younus Khan's decision to resign from the captaincy of the national team.

"This team has been doing pretty well and the World T20 win, in particular, got the entire nation behind it.

"I'm happy that our media has played such a positive role in this episode and has asked the chairman of the National Assembly's standing committee on sports, Jamshed Dasti, to apologise to the nation," The Nation quoted Raja, as saying.

"He had no business accusing the team of match-fixing and asking (captain) Younus Khan to account for his leadership. The standing committee has never been positive, never ever been constructive.

"After Younis experience with the standing committee, he didn't have a choice. Any self-respecting captain, and one with so much passion, would've done the same thing. He's honest, believes in transparency and says whatever he wants to.

"He does have a few weaknesses, like everybody, but is improving as a captain. Some find him emotional and temperamental, but I don't see that as a problem," he added.

Raja also backed the idea of appointing Afridi as Younus successor. He said, "In his early years, he (Afridi) had been unsettled. Getting to lead Karachi in domestic cricket clearly helped change his game." (ANI)

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