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Younus remains Pakistan skipper

PAKISTAN captain Younus Khan withdrew his resignation on Monday after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it wanted him to continue leading the national side at least until 2011.

"I am obviously very happy that the board has again reposed confidence in me and asked me to continue on. The way the people have supported me throughout this issue I will have to work harder now to satisfy them," Younus said.

Younus, 31, tendered his resignation last week in protest at match-fixing allegations against the team, although sources said there were other issues behind the decision.

Younus said he would meet with PCB chairman Ejaz Butt in the next few days to discuss plans for the future.

"I feel honored because leading the national team is a matter of pride," he said. "My effort will be to ensure we continue our good progress on coming tours to New Zealand and Australia."

Earlier, Butt told a news conference that the PCB wanted Younus at the helm until the next World Cup in 2011.

"Obviously every captain needs to have some assurance of his tenure and Younus will continue to captain the side until the next World Cup," Butt said.

Younus led Pakistan to victory in the Twenty20 World Cup in July and a host of former test players had urged him to withdraw his resignation.

Younus submitted his resignation during a hearing of the National Assembly standing committee on sports in Islamabad. The hearing was convened after committee chairman Jamshed Dasti said he would investigate reports that Pakistan had deliberately under-performed against Australia and New Zealand in the Champions Trophy.

Meanwhile, the cricket boards of Pakistan and England have resolved the financial dispute that arose after the forfeited Oval test on Pakistan's tour to England in 2006.

Umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove ruled Pakistan had forfeited the fourth test at the Oval, as the visitors had refused to come out after tea on the fourth day in protest at being docked five runs for alleged ball tampering.

The boards have signed an agreement under which Pakistan will forfeit revenue from a Twenty20 international on its tour of England next year.


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