Yuvraj to come out of retirement and play domestic cricket: reports



World Cup-winning former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has decided to come out of retirement, giving in to a request from the Punjab Cricket Association more than a year after he called it quits.

The Player of the Tournament at the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last June.

PCA secretary Puneet Bali was the first person to approach the 38-year-old Yuvraj with an offer to come out of retirement for the benefit of Punjab cricket. 

“Initially, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take up the offer,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. 

Cricket is currently halted in India due to Covid-19 but Yuvraj conducted two long camps at the behest of the Punjab Cricket Association, at Mohali’s PCA Stadium where he took youngsters Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh and Anmolpreet Singh under his wings and helped train them.

It seems the practice session helped the former India all-rounder rediscover his passion for cricket and Yuvraj now wants to play for Punjab in the T20 tournament to help youngsters in their development, according to the report.

“I was done with domestic cricket, though I did want to continue to play in other domestic franchise-based leagues worldwide if I got permission from the BCCI. But I also couldn’t ignore Mr Bali’s request. I gave it a lot of thought, for nearly three or four weeks, and it was almost as if I didn’t even have to make a conscious decision in the end.

“As things stand now, I will be playing only T20s if I get the nod. But who knows, let’s see,” Yuvraj said. 

There were reports that Yuvraj was seeking a club to play in the Australian Big Bash League. But now he has confirmed that if he plays for Punjab, he will not be seeking opportunities to play in overseas leagues. He has written a letter to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to seek permission to play for Punjab and come out of retirement, the report further stated.

 

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