Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh has been included in Punjab’s 30-man probable squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, according to TOI. The players will have a preparatory camp from December 18 in Ludhiana.
Yuvraj Singh set to play in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Yuvi has already been hitting the nets with his teammates at the IS Bindra Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. Yuvraj was asked to come out of retirement by PCA secretary Puneet Bali. So that he can guide the youngsters in the team.
“I enjoyed spending time with these youngsters, and talking to them about various aspects of the game, I realised that they were able to pick up various things that I was telling them,” Yuvraj had told Cricbuzz in September.
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“I had to get into the nets to show them a few other elements, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well I was hitting the ball even though I hadn’t held a bat for a really long time.
Yuvraj also states “I also trained for those two months, and then I started to bat in the off-season camp. I made runs in some of the practice matches. Mr. Puneet Bali, the secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association, approached me after one of the sessions and asked me if I would reconsider coming out of retirement.”
Yuvi all set to reverse his retirement
Yuvraj has sought permission from BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to reverse his retirement.
“Initially, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take up the offer. I was done with domestic cricket, though I did want to continue to play in other domestic franchise-based leagues worldwide if I got permission from the BCCI.
“But I also couldn’t ignore Mr. Bali’s request. I gave it a lot of thought, for nearly three or four weeks. It was almost as if I didn’t even have to make a conscious decision in the end.
“The motivation is to help Punjab win championships. Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh), myself, we have won tournaments. But we haven’t done it together for Punjab, so that was a big factor in my final call.”
Punjab Probables Squad
Mandeep Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Salil Arora, Gitansh Khera, Ramandeep Singh, Sanvir Singh, Karan Kaila, Rahul Sharma, Krishan Alang, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Ikjot Singh, Naman Dhir, Abhishek Gupta, Himanshu Satyawan, Gurkeerat Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Nehal Wadhera, Anmol Malhotra, Aarush Sabharwal, Abhinav Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Mayank Markande, Baltej Singh, Siddharth Kaul, Barinder Sarn, Gurnoor Singh, Harjas, Abhijit Garg, Kunwar Pathak