New Delhi, September 9
World Cup-winning former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has determined to come back out of retirement, giving in to the request from the Punjab Cricket Association greater than a yr after he referred to as it quits. The Player of the Tournament on the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj had introduced his retirement from all types of cricket in June final yr.
PCA secretary Puneet Bali was the primary individual to method the 38-year-old Yuvraj with a suggestion to come back out of retirement for the good thing about Punjab cricket. He has agreed to renew for the state at the very least within the T20 format.
“Initially, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take up the offer,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by ‘Cricbuzz’. “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.”
While working with the younger Punjab quartet of Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh and Anmolpreet Singh on the nets in the previous few months, Yuvraj rediscovered his love and motivation for the sport.
Bali instructed PTI that the dashing southpaw has written to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on this regard.
“I know he has written a letter to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly wanting to come out of retirement,” Bali mentioned. “We want him in the team and the way he mentored Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh and Anmolpreet Singh was exceptional. I told him that please give at least one more year of your life to Punjab cricket,” he added.
Yuvraj’s mom Shabnam Singh mentioned he nonetheless retains the eagerness for the sport. “He is coming back (from Dubai) in a couple of days time and then we are going to have a long chat around all of this. Whatever you are hearing must be true,” Shabnam instructed PTI.
On Tuesday, there was buzz that he was eyeing a stint within the Big Bash League and Cricket Australia is attempting to assist him discover a staff. As per BCCI guidelines, solely retired cricketers can play abroad leagues.
His father Yograj Singh mentioned, “He retired after 20 years of competitive cricket and it was his personal decision. But even then I felt that he shouldn’t have retired.” — PTI