Yuvraj Singh, the architect of India’s World Cup victory, has decided to withdraw his retirement from cricket at the request of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA). The all-rounder of the Indian team, which won the title in 2011, also bagged the best player award in the tournament. He announced his retirement in June last year.
Puneet Bali, the PCA secretary, was the first to suggest that the 38-year-old Yuvraj should retire and play again for the benefit of Punjab cricket. Yuvraj has expressed this about this on the website ‘Cricket’. ‘At first I wasn’t sure about that. I have never stopped playing domestic cricket. Now if I got BCCI approval, I would have wanted to play in various cricket leagues around the world. But in the meantime, I could not ignore the request of PCA secretary Bali. I’ve been thinking about this for the last three or four weeks, “said UV. Yuvraj has been active in the nets for the last few months along with Shubhaman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prabhasimran Singh and Anmol Prit Singh from the Punjab team. Meanwhile, Yuvraj mentions that he fell in love with cricket again and found new hope.
“Yuvraj has informed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly about this,” Bali told PTI. ‘We want Yuvraj in the Punjab team, the way he is guiding the young players in the team is really admirable. I had requested Yuvraj to give at least one year of his life to Punjab Cricket. Punjab cricket needs Yuvraj. As a player and a mentor, Yuvraj has a lot to contribute to the team, “said Bali. Bali thinks that Yuvraj had sent a letter to Ganguly two weeks ago asking him to withdraw his retirement.
Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam Singh has also given similar hints. Yuvraj’s father Yograj did not agree with Yuvraj’s decision to retire even then. He thinks he should play more.