Yuvraj Singh, one of the greatest limited overs cricketers India has ever produced is now seriously considering about retirement from international cricket. His plan is to stay in touch with cricket through a freelance career in ICC approved foreign Twenty20 leagues.
Yuvraj would take a final decision on the same only if he gets permission from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). As a limited over legend, the leagues like one in Canada and another new one in Dublin and Amstelveen can gain a lot of mileage for him if he is allowed to play those. A BCCI source told PTI on Sunday, “Yuvraj is thinking of calling it quits from international and first-class cricket. He would like to speak to the BCCI and get more clarity on plying his trade in tournaments like GT20 (Canada), Euro T20 Slam in Ireland and Holland as he has offers.” According to the official, in principle, retired international players can take part in Big Bash, CPL or BPL, if they get offers.
Rule & Background
Recently Irfan Pathan has been included for the Caribbean Premier League who is still involved in first-class cricket. Irfan didn’t seek permission from the cricket board of India. According to a senior BCCI official, “Irfan was told to withdraw his name from the draft. As far as Yuvraj is concerned, we need to check the rules. Even if he retires from first-class cricket, he will still be an active T20 player registered under BCCI. The rule needs to be checked.” Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag are featured in a T10 league in Dubai then which is approved by ICC. In the same line of argument, Yuvraj Singh should be allowed for the same. The BCCI functionary mentioned, “The T10 might have been approved by the ICC but it’s still not an acknowledged format. But yes, going forward, as and when the players association takes shape, the case for retired players may come up for consideration.”
Yuvraj Singh was last seen playing for Mumbai Indians in the recently concluded IPL 2019 in which his team emerged as the fourth time winners. He has accepted that he is unlikely to play for India in the future and hence practically planning for the future.
Written by Shreyasi Dravid
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