Younis wants captaincy till 2011 World Cup, more powers to retract resignation

     Enraged Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan, who resigned from the post earlier this week, has said that he would take back his resignation only after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) extends his tenure till the 2011 World Cup, and is given more powers as the skipper of the national squad. During a meeting with PCB chief Ijaz Butt, Khan made it clear that he would roll back his resignation only if the board gives him a guarantee that he would not be sacked from captaincy until the 2011 World Cup. Khan also stressed that he wanted more powers as a captain of the national team to ensure better results. According to sources, Khan wants Butt to give the team management and the players a clear message that the Board will continue backing him as captain even in difficult times. "What Younis wants is an end to all this uncertainty. He wants the players and the officials to know that he is their captain for at least the next two years so that they can stop conspiring against him," The News quoted sources, as saying. Khan had tendered his resignation on Tuesday during a National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports hearing that was held to discuss the performance of the squad in the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. The PCB, however, later rejected his resignation, but not before the game's image was tarnished in the country yet again.

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