Yuvraj Singh: The former Indian cricketers is reportedly looking to make his debut in the Big Bash League in Australia.
There is no going into a safe house around the discussions involving the participation of Indian cricketers in overseas T20 leagues. The likes of Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa and Pragyan Ojha have publicly expressed their intentions of playing in such tournaments.
With 48-year old Pravin Tambe becoming the first Indian player to play in the Caribbean Premier League most recently, one expects more players to take part in overseas leagues in the near future.
Former Australia all-rounder and current President of Australian cricketers’ association Shane Watson, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, supports the opinion that Indian cricketers’ involvement in T20 leagues around the world would make a “massive difference”.
“There is a chance but no Indian players have been able to be released in the past to come and play at the [other] T20 tournaments so that’s a big hurdle. It would be incredible for them to be able to play in these tournaments. That is the ideal situation.
“There are so many world-class T20 players in India that aren’t playing for India that could be potentially available to play in the Big Bash and other tournaments around the world. If that’s able to happen, that would make a massive difference,” Watson had recently said.
Yuvraj Singh contemplating Big Bash League debut
In another massive development, former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is reportedly contemplating his maiden stint in the Big Bash League.
The update came to light via a report in the Sydney Morning Herald where Yuvraj’s manager Jason Warne (W Sports & Media) confirmed that there have been talks with Cricket Australia regarding finding a BBL club for the 38-year old player.
“We’re working with CA [Cricket Australia] to try to find him [Yuvraj Singh] a home,” Warne said on Monday. However, the report further stated that interest from the clubs was “modest”.
Post his retirement from international cricket last year, Yuvraj captained Toronto Nationals in the second season of the Global T20 League 2019 and represented Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
After 25yrs in cricket Ive decided to move on. Cricket has given me everythin I have.ThankU 4being a part of this journey.This game taught me how to fight,how to fall,to dust off,to get up again n move forward. It has been a lovely journey. See you on the other side #SteppingOut pic.twitter.com/x3wOhoXcLv
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 10, 2019
It was as recent as last month when Yuvraj was also requested by PCA (Punjab Cricket Association) secretary Puneet Bali to come out of retirement and play for Punjab in domestic tournaments.