Yuvraj Singh Likely to Retire: One of the greatest limited overs batsmen, Yuvraj Singh has decided to take retirement from International cricket in a bid to play T-20 leagues around the world. Player of the series of 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh has been getting offers to play for ICC approved T-20 leagues in countries like Ireland, Canada to name a few.
It has been learnt that the left-hander has perhaps realized that he is unlikely to play for Indian ever again and thus would like to pursue a freelance career in ICC approved T-20 leagues.
“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,” a BCCI source privy to the development, told PTI on Sunday.
Recently, India’s former all-rounder Irfan Pathan also put his name to play in Caribbean Premier League but him being an active junior player, didn’t seek permission from the BCCI.
“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,” a senior BCCI functionary said.
Yuvraj Singh Likely to Retire: Given the age is not on in his side even as the left-hander didn’t get many chances to prove himself this IPL season for Mumbai Indians, there were a host of reasons for the left-hander to call it quits from International cricket. Also, T-20 league in Canada, the one in Dublin etc. can reach heights if players like Yuvraj Singh starts playing in those leagues.
It was also argued that if Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag can play in T-10 league in Dubai then why can’t Yuvraj?
However, the BCCI official said, “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 has played 304 One-Day Internationals and 40 Test Matches for India. The 37-year old batsman has scored 304 ODIs, scoring 9924 runs at an average of 36.5 while in Test Cricket he has managed to score 1900 runs at an average of 33.9. He has notched 14 centuries and 52 half-centuries in One-Day Cricket.