Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh is reportedly interested in playing in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). The legendary batsman had quit international and domestic cricket last year which has made him eligible to play in overseas T20 tournaments.
BCCI does not allow the active players to feature in overseas T20 tournaments. Soon after retiring, Yuvraj Singh had played in the Global T20 Canada as well as in Abu Dhabi T10. He is now aiming to become the first Indian player to play in the BBL.
His manager Jason Warne of W Sports & Media confirmed that Cricket Australia were interested in finding the former Indian superstar a club.
“We’re working with CA to try to find him a home,” Warne was quoted as saying by The Age on Monday.
Yuvraj Singh’s interest in the BBL comes just off the heels of former Australia international Shane Watson saying the league would benefit from the presence of Indian players. Watson, who is currently gearing up for IPL 2020, said that the availability of Indian players would make a ‘massive difference’.
“There is a chance but no Indian players have been able to be released in the past to come and play at the [other] T20 tournaments so that’s a big hurdle,” Watson said.
“It would be incredible for them to be able to play in these tournaments. That is the ideal situation. There are so many world-class T20 players in India that aren’t playing for India that could be potentially available to play in the Big Bash and other tournaments around the world.
“If that’s able to happen, that would make a massive difference,” he added.
Yuvraj Singh retired from international cricket as one of India’s greatest-ever match-winners. He ended his career with an outstanding ODI record of 8701 runs — 22nd in the overall list, and seventh among Indians — at an average of 36.55 and 111 wickets.
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