Younis Notice to 'News of the World' Over Majeed Link

Younis Notice to 'News of the World' Over Majeed Link
Pakistan's former captain Younis Khan has sent a legal notice to the British tabloid which had alleged that he had also signed brothers Mazhar and Azhar Majeed, who act as agents for several Pakistani cricketers.

Reliable sources close to Younis told PTI, the former captain instructed his lawyer, Ahmed Qayyum to issue the notice to News of the World for publishing a report which said that Azhar and Mazhar were the agents of Younis.

The source said Younis was one of the few Pakistani players who had refused to sign Azhar and Majeed as agents for them in England.

Mazhar Majeed is at the centre of a new match-fixing scandal and was arrested and later released on bail for trying to defraud bookmakers.

Mazhar claimed that he had paid bribes to some Pakistani players, including captain Salman Butt, for spot fixing in the fourth Test against England at Lords.

Mazhar's claims have set off a major investigation by the ICC and the Scotland Yard into fixing allegations.

"Yes the notice has been sent and in it Younis has demanded that the newspaper publish a denial and also pay damages of USD 10,000 pounds towards the flood relief fund for the millions of Pakistanis displaced by the floods," the source said.

"The brothers approached Pakistani players to sign them on during the 2006 tour and Younis refused," the source added.

The brothers are believed to have formalised their relations with members of the Pakistan squad on the 2006 tour and, though it remains unclear whether any official agreement was signed, over a number of years Azhar and Mazhar have handled various sponsorship and marketing contracts for the players in the UK.

Younis stepped down as captain of the Pakistan side last November after an ODI series loss to New Zealand, claiming that he no longer had control over his players.

He was called up for the ODI series in Australia where he played under Mohammad Yousuf's leadership. Soon after the series he was punished by a PCB inquiry committee which ruled that he would not be picked for future Pakistan squads for an indefinite period of time.

Younis appealed against the decision when it was referred back to the PCB by a tribunal. It has remained there, however, reportedly due to personal differences between PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and Younis.

Despite calls by a number of ex-players, Younis has not returned either to the Test or ODI side since the Australia series.
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