The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has dashed Yuvraj Singh’s hopes of making a sensational return to domestic cricket through the upcoming edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Earlier this year, Yuvraj Singh had expressed his desire of coming out of retirement in order to play for Punjab in domestic cricket.
The former India batsman had announced his retirement from international and domestic cricket last summer. He, however, rediscovered his love for the game after working with the young Punjab quartet of Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh and Anmolpreet Singh at the PCA Stadium in Mohali at the behest of the Punjab Cricket Association.
After that, he had written to the BCCI for the permission to return to action for Punjab. Recently, he was also named in Punjab’s probables list for the tournament. However, the BCCI has decided against giving him the green light to return to domestic cricket. The reason behind it is Yuvraj Singh’s participation in foreign leagues.
As per the rules, an Indian player who has been part of any foreign league can’t make his comeback to IPL or domestic cricket. The same rule saw the BCCI asking Kolkata Knight Riders to drop Pravin Tambe as he had played a T10 league. Even though Tambe announced his retirement, he was not allowed to play in the IPL.
It is to be noted that Ambati Rayudu was allowed to return to action in IPL as well as domestic cricket despite announcing his retirement last year. Rayudu got the chance to make a comeback because unlike Yuvraj Singh, he had not played in any foreign league.
There were expectations that the BCCI might give Yuvraj Singh some relaxation but the board has remained firm on its rule. After his retirement, the legendary batsman had played in Global T20 Canada and T10 league.
Here is Punjab’s squad for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy:
Mandeep Singh (captain), Gurkeerat Mann (vice-captain), Rohan Marwaha, Abhinav Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Anmol Malhotra, Sanvir Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Karan Kaila, Mayank Markande, Abhishek Sharma, Ramandeep Singh, Siddharth Kaul, Barinder Sran, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Baltej Dhanda, Krishan, Gitansh Khera