Yuvraj Singh looked all set to make a return for Punjab in the domestic cricket, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has denied permission to the former Indian batsman. Singh had announced retirement from international cricket in June 2019. However, he was planning to make a return to the domestic circuit in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 tournament (SMAT).
BCCI has likely rejected Singh’s request since he has played in foreign leagues after retiring from international cricket. Singh had played in Canada across two different formats. He was also not involved during the Indian Premier League 2020. His last stint in the IPL was with Mumbai Indians in 2019.
It will be a setback for Punjab’s team in SMAT as Yuvraj Singh can still change the course of few games on his own. He has been one of the most devastating middle-order batsmen for India in the last two decades. Moreover, Singh can also roll his arm and take important wickets. Most importantly, his experience in T-20 cricket would have been handy for Punjab.
The team will be led by Mandeep Singh in the upcoming T-20 tournament, while Gurkeerat Mann Singh will be the vice-captain. SMAT is the first tournament that will be conducted since the start of the pandemic. All state boards urged BCCI to organize the tournament before thinking about the Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Currently, all teams are involved in training camp to get back to complete fitness ahead of the tournament in January. A T-20 tournament will benefit the Indian team as the T-20 World Cup is set to take place in the country during the second half of 2021.