Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh was recently denied permission to play in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy by the BCCI.
Yuvraj Singh had announced his retirement from Indian cricket back in June 2019 in order to ply his trade in foreign T20 Leagues. He featured in the Global Canada T20 last year but upon request by the Punjab Cricket Association, he had decided to come out of retirement and feature in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.
Yuvraj had even started training with the Punjab squad and had even been named in the probables list for the upcoming T20 tournament.
However, the southpaw was denied permission to participate due to BCCI’s policy of not allowing any players, who had participated in foreign leagues to participate in its domestic tournaments.
Yuvraj’s father has now responded to the development where he has said that while he doesn’t know the exact reason behind the development, he added that the BCCI should give senior cricketers an opportunity to make a comeback and play alongside youngsters as they can guide the latter with their experience.
“I am not sure of the exact reason (for BCCI denying NOC to Yuvraj), as I’m yet to speak with Yuvi on the same. But it’s entirely the choice of the BCCI,” Yograj Singh told Asianet Newsable.
“However, I feel that ample time should be given to retired players to make a comeback and play with the young boys, who have a lot to learn from them,” he added.
Yograj Singh further added that he will be very happy if Yuvraj grooms the new generation and creates potential future Indian cricketers, adding that it is very important for former players to give it back to Indian cricket in whichever way they can.
“Meanwhile, besides playing, giving back to the boys and Indian cricket is very important. If he can produce four-five players for the country in the coming years, it would be great. I will be very, very happy. He continues to practice even today. I think it’s all about how you feel. I believe it is very important to give back. If you are doing so, I think that is the greatest thing you are doing rather than playing cricket,” Yograj added.