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Pakistan Younis accuses British paper of defamation

Sports Desk |
Update: 2010-08-30 17:09:40

KARACHI: Former Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan Tuesday served a legal notice on British newspaper The Daily Telegraph for linking him with a spot-fixing scam involving seven national team players.

The Pakistani cricketers are being investigated by British police over a newspaper sting in which a bookmaker was allegedly paid to get the team to bowl no-balls during the fourth Test against England at Lord`s which Pakistan lost Sunday.

The Telegraph apparently linked Younis, who ended his captaincy last year after a players` revolt against him, to the bookmaker Mazhar Majeed at the centre of the allegations.

Majeed is on bail after his arrest by British detectives at the weekend.

"We have sent a legal notice to the Telegraph for linking Younis with the accused bookmaker Mazhar Majeed as his (Younis`) marketing agent in a recent newspaper article," Younis`s lawyer Ahmed Qayyum told AFP.

"Younis was never linked or had any contract with Majeed."

He said he had also forced several websites to remove similar allegations.

Qayyum said he had demanded that the Telegraph retract its story and pay compensation of 10,000 pounds (15,400 dollars) to his client, which would go to a charity helping victims of Pakistan`s floods.

The 32-year-old Younis relinquished his captaincy last year, and in March this year he was banned for an indefinite period over "infighting in the team." The ban was overturned by an appeal tribunal in June, but the Pakistan Cricket Board did not clear Younis for selection in the team.

BDST: 1356HRS, August 31, 2010

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