ISLAMABAD (AFP) Former Pakistan cricket captain Younus Khan received a presidential performance award on Tuesday, 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 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 Pakistans 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 told AFP. The PCB imposed a number of penalties against top players on March 10 after an inquiry into the teams dismal performance on the December-February tour of Australia, where they lost all three Tests, five one-day and a Twenty20 match. Although the length and exact conditions of the bans on Younus and Yousuf were not fully explained, the pair were also excluded from the list of central contracts announced last week, further raising questions over their futures. The banned players have 30 days to appeal against the sanctions.