Yuvraj Singh might have expressed his desire of coming out of retirement to play for Punjab but the former India batsman is not getting the backing he would have hoped for from the BCCI. Both the batsman as well as the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) are currently waiting for BCCI’s.
Earlier this week, the legendary batsman sensationally announced that he was willing to come out of retirement to play for Punjab. Having last played for India in 2018, Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international and domestic cricket last year.
Later, he went on to play franchise cricket in Canada and Abu Dhabi after obtaining No Objection Certificate from the BCCI. But last month, PCA secretary Puneet Bali approached him to come out of retirement and mentor youngsters from Punjab, the home state of the left-hander. Yuvraj Singh agreed to do so and it was then, he rediscovered his hunger for batting again.
Following that, he approached the BCCI for the permission but is yet to get it. The permission from the governing body is required as players are registered with their state associations ahead of every domestic season. Bali confirmed that while PCA has accepted Yuvraj Singh’s comeback, BCCI is yet to do so.
“The confirmation hasn’t come. The PCA has accepted his comeback. But we are waiting for communication from the BCCI,” Bali told IANS on Friday.
There are reports suggesting that the World Cup-winner might struggle to get the clearance from BCCI after playing in overseas leagues. He 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.