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India’s 2011 World Cup hero considering retirement for T20 Leagues

Highlights

  • Yuvraj Singh is considering to retire from international cricket
  • Man of the tournament in 2011 CWC, Yuvraj hasn't played for Indian since June 2017
  • Yuvraj is likely to participate in various T20 Leagues after his retirement

Man of the tournament in India’s triumphant 2011 World Cup campaign, Yuvraj Singh is reportedly considering retirement from international cricket. The 37-year-old is likely to participate in various T20 Leagues around the world, subject to BCCI’s approval.

The southpaw will take the decision only after the Indian Cricket Board’s approval to allow him to play in overseas T20 competitions. 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 informed PTI.

Mumbai Indians secured Yuvraj’s services for ₹ 1 crore for the recently concluded IPL. But despite their 4th title, the all-rounder played in only 4 games where he scored 98 runs. His current form along with the fact that he has not played for India since June 2017 has forced Yuvraj to consider retirement.

Yuvraj Singh: India’s World Cup Hero

The swashbuckling all-rounder has been a great servant of Indian Cricket, especially in limited formats. Yuvraj has played 304 ODIs, scoring 8701 runs and taking 111 wickets. His all-around performances throughout the 2011 World Cup was one of the biggest reason behind India’s successful campaign. Despite struggling with illness, Yuvraj scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets in the tournament.

The 37-year old has also made a name for himself in T20 Cricket, starting with his six sixes in an over during the inaugural T20 World Cup. Yuvraj also played a crucial role in the semi-final of the tournament, scoring 70 off 30 against Australia.

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Will BCCI allow him to participate? 

But BCCI has not allowed Indian Cricketers to participate in any overseas T20 League so far, as they continue to boast IPL as the best competition. Irfan Pathan recently put his name in the draft for Caribbean Premier League’s upcoming 7th season. But the all-rounder was asked to withdraw it as he is still an active player in the domestic circuit.

Yuvraj’s chances of playing in other T20 competitions might also be in danger after Irfan’s controversy. Despite his retirement from international and first-class cricket, the 2011 CWC Man of the Tournament will still be under BCCI contract due to his IPL commitments.

The BCCI official also said that Yuvraj might be allowed to play in T10 competition in Dubai, in which, retired Virendra Sehwag and Zaheer Khan have previously participated. “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.

India will definitely miss one of its best-limited overs cricketer and a fan-favourite if Yuvraj Singh decides to retire.

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Chinmay Pagar
I might be a Mechanical Engineer on the paper, but I was a Sports enthusiast since childhood, screaming at the TV watching cricket at the age of 4. Not much excites me other than sports unless it's free pizza. I can watch literally anything remotely related to sports; Cricket, Football, Tennis, F1, Hockey, Athletics, Chess, you name it! And I love to write too, so at the time I'm not watching sports, I'm writing about it. Or eating pizzas, of course.

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