Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is one of the most celebrated cricketers in the world. The left-hander fiery batsman has played a pivotal role in helping the Men in Blue to life the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup and the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup. The cricketer was enjoying his days of glory when unfortunately got diagnosed with cancer in the latter half of 2011. The disease forced him to stay away from the game until he recovered.
Post his recovery, Yuvraj Singh did return to the Indian side but found it hard to cement his place. Yuvi took retirement from international cricket last year in the month of June after playing the IPL season with Mumbai Indians.
Now, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has requested Yuvraj Singh to come out of retirement and become a player-cum-mentor for the budding players in the state team. The former all-rounder is yet to respond.
The secretary of the PCA, Puneet Bali on Friday said that he had made the request since Yuvraj retired last year. For the unversed, the 38-year old is already mentoring a few players like Shubhman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Abhishek Sharma, and Harpreet Brar. These budding players are all set to play the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE this year.
Punjab has lost a number of key players in recent years and Bali said that Yuvraj’s experience and mentoring would help the state team.
However, it won’t be easy for Yuvraj Singh to come out of retirement. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), players who have officially retired should seek NOCs for participating in an overseas league.
Speaking of the same, Yuvi has played two international tournaments in the past year- The Global T20 Canada and Abu Dhabi T10 League.
Fans await Yuvraj’s response and are hoping to see their favourite cricketer come back to the crease even if as a mentor. They are confident that the budding players will flourish under his watchful eyes.