For the last few days, Yuvraj Singh has been practicing with his Punjab teammates at the IS Bindra Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.
He wants to return via the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. Yuvraj practiced in the nets for 45 minutes. The ball was coming in the middle of his bat. This shows that the magic touch of this left-handed charismatic batsman is still intact.
The 30 cricketers from Punjab are divided into two groups. Both these groups are preparing for the T20 tournament starting in Ludhiana on 18 December.
However, the return of Yuvraj is still uncertain. His return does not look so easy. Match-fitness is the biggest obstacle in Yuvraj’s return. But the 39-year-old former all-rounder does not want to leave any stone unturned. With this, he has not yet received permission from BCCI to play in this tournament.
Punjab Cricket Association secretary Puneet Bali, who requested Yuvraj to return to retirement, said: We are still waiting for the BCCI’s reply.
Yuvraj retired from international cricket and IPL in June 2019. After this, he got permission to play in leagues around the world. He played in the Global T20 for Toronto Nationals. The league was played in Canada in August last year. Yuvraj was part of the Maratha Arabians in the T10 League in Abu Dhabi.
There is no problem in Yuvraj’s desire to play for Punjab but BCCI rules discourage all active players from playing in foreign leagues. Leg spinner Praveen Tambe of Mumbai is an example of this.
Copper took retirement in 2018. He then went on to play T10 League in the UAE. Later in December 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders selected him in the team. But BCCI did not allow Copper to participate as he had played in a foreign league by taking retirement.
It will be interesting to see whether this left-handed aggressive batsman gets a green signal from the BCCI.
A year ago Barinder Saran decided to move to Chandigarh as his home state Punjab did not include him in the Vijay Hazare Trophy team. But now this left-handed pacer has again turned to Punjab.
Saran is part of a 30-member camp in Punjab. He, however, refused to say anything on his return. However, a senior official of the Union Territory Cricket Association (UTCA) told our associate Times of India that Saran has taken a no-objection certificate from Chandigarh.
The 28-year-old bowler has played six ODIs and two T20 Internationals for India.