Yuvraj Singh Set To Retire To Become T20 Freelancer: Report
Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh is reportedly mulling the idea of the bringing down curtains on his international career and become a freelancer in T20 leagues across the globe. The southpaw’s international career as well as domestic career is pretty much off the track now. Recently, he spent the majority of the Indian Premier League warming the bench.
Yuvraj started the IPL on a promising note. In the first game of the season for Mumbai Indians, the southpaw scored a fighting fifty against Delhi Capitals although he could not avoid a defeat for his side. In the following game, he hit three consecutive sixes off Yuzvendra Chahal to show that he still has a lot to offer.
However, his form soon dipped. In the third and fourth game, he managed just 18 and 4 before Mumbai Indians decided to drop him from the playing eleven. Since then Yuvraj did not play a single game as Mumbai Indians went on to win the tournament. Having fallen down the pecking order, Yuvraj is now looking to take a different route.
According to The Times of India, Yuvraj would make a final decision only if he gets permission from the BCCI. The report also claimed that Yuvraj has come to terms with the fact that he is unlikely to play for India.
“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 was quoted as saying by the news outlet.
Recently, another out-of-favour senior play Irfan Pathan had enrolled his name in the players’ draft for the Caribbean Premier League. However, he is unlikely to get the permission from the BCCI as he is still an active player.
“Irfan was told to withdraw his name from the draft. As far as Yuvraj is concerned, we need to check the rules. Even if he retires from first-class cricket, he will still be an active T20 player registered under BCCI. The rule needs to be checked,” a senior BCCI functionary said.