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Younis upset at being questioned by ACU

April 09, 2008 15:54 IST

It took chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed's intervention to convince an "upset" Younis Khan to take the field in the first one-dayer against Bangladesh, as the batsman was furious after being questioned by anĀ investigating officer of the ICC Anti Corruption Unit just ahead of the match.

Younis had refused to take part in the ODI in Lahore after Alan Peacock of the ICC's anti-corruption questioned him in connection with Shoaib Akhtar's claims that he was offered money several times to underperform.

"Younis was very upset that manager Talat Ali had allowed the investigator to question him before an international match," sources close to the batsman said.

"After the interview he was also not happy with some of the questions asked by Peacock regarding personal gifts given to players on the Indian tour," the source confirmed.

Younis was more unhappy when the Pakistan Cricket Board said it could not do anything about an ACU investigation which would follow its course.

Younis did not leave for the ground with the team and told the manager that he was not playing.

"Chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed had to intervene and convince him to play. Younis later agreed reluctantly but said in future he should be informed properly, and in advance, by the board before being approached by anyone from the ACU," the source said.

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