Banned Younus gets award

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan cricket captain Younus Khan received a presidential performance award today, less than two weeks after he was handed an indefinite ban from all forms of the game.

Younus, 32, was banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after a committee ruled that infighting between him and another former captain, Mohammad Yousuf, contributed to a series of embarrassing defeats. But on Tuesday, Younus was handed the presidential pride of performance award for leading Pakistan to victory at the World Twenty20 in England in June.

"I feel proud about this award and thank Pakistan's government for bestowing this award on me. I have always felt proud of being a Pakistani and will do my utmost to serve my country," Younus said.

The PCB imposed a number of penalties against top players on March 10 after an inquiry into the team's dismal performance on the tour of Australia, where they lost all three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 match. Younus and Yousuf were also excluded from the list of central contracts announced last week.