Yuvraj Singh has tied his boots last week, has sought the permission to play in foreign T20 leagues from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Today, a senior BCCI official has confirmed the development, told sources that “a couple of T20 leagues are interested to have him participate in their tournaments and Yuvraj Singh has asked for BCCI’s nod before moving with the idea of playing in T20 leagues as a freelance cricketer.” On June 11, Yuvraj Singh, 37, had announced his retirement.
Mr. Singh further confirmed that he won’t participate in IPL (Indian Premier League) but expressed his desire to play in foreign T20 leagues.
Hero of 2011 World Cup said at his retirement event in Mumbai, “I want to play T20 cricket. At this age I can manage to play some kind of fun cricket. I want to go and enjoy my life. It’s been too stressful just thinking about my international career, performing and big tournaments like the IPL.”
With a career that expanded over 304 ODIs, 58 T20s and 40 Tests, Mr. Singh has imprinted his place in the rank of cricket as a player who could win matches for his side either through electric fielding or fierce batting or deceiving bowling.
His contribution for the national jersey expressed his love and passion for the sport, which former India opener Gautam Gambir termed for retiring No.12 jersey from Indian team while India’s deputy skipper Rohit Sharma computed his ex-teammate earned a better send-off.
Fans from all parts of the world became sad by the news of his retirement ever since murmurs began to spread.
At his retirement ceremony, Mr. Singh said that “Cricket has always been with him ever since he started to walk. I have not just playing the game, I have lived it.”
Besides ICC tournaments, Mr. Singh has excelled under the Captainship of Sourav Ganguly. He was central in India’s victory at the NatWest 2002, scored 69 off 63 balls in the final.