Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh wanted to retire and play domestic cricket for his home team – Punjab. He even put his case in the selection in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, but received a refusal from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The apex cricket council has not yet processed Yuvraj’s request for permission to return for his state team. Meanwhile, his father, Yograj Singh, reacted to this and said that BCCI should allow the former players to return.
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In a conversation with Asianet News, Yograj said that such moves will benefit emerging crickets, as retired players can pass on their experience to the next generation.
“I’m not sure exactly why, because I still won’t talk to Yuvi about the same thing. But, it is entirely BCCI’s choice. However, I believe that enough time should be given to retired players to come back and play with the young boys, who have a lot to learn from them, “Yograj Singh told Asianet.
Yograj revealed how he insisted his son start playing internally with the youngsters again. He also said that Yuvraj looked with a fine touch that amazed the other crickets.
“I think it was very important for him to play the game with the boys, at least that’s what I felt, together with Puneet Bali. Before IPL, I once had a camp and asked him to play with the boys. Yuvi said he was too old now. But I insisted on playing with them. He played four or five innings and showed with a fine touch, while the boys were shocked and wondered how they could play at such a level even today “, said Yograj Singh.
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Yuvraj gave up international cricket in 2019, after which he participated in several overseas leagues. He continued to play Global T20 Canada and T10 league in Dubai. He was among 32 likely players announced by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) earlier this month.
PCA Secretary Puneet Bali had asked the two-time World Cup winner to retire and join the team to coach the youngsters.