'Yuvraj Singh is now listed as a retired player in the board's records' - BCCI doubtful over the veteran's comeback

‘Yuvraj Singh is now listed as a retired player in the board’s records’ – BCCI doubtful over the veteran’s comeback

Yuvraj even has played in two foreign leagues since his retirement. The left-hander was a part of Toronto Nationals in Global T20 Canada and Maratha Arabians in the T10 league.

Yuvraj Singh World T20 2014
Yuvraj Singh World T20 2014. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Yuvraj Singh has agreed to make a comeback to play for Punjab in the upcoming domestic season and has even written a letter to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly asking the board’s permission to come out of retirement. Yuvraj reportedly has been asked to return to the Punjab side as a player-cum-mentor.

Earlier this year, the southpaw had even attended a training camp with many Punjab youngsters including Shubman Gill and Anmolpreet Singh. Yuvraj may have announced his comeback plans but the final decision will lie in the hands of the BCCI.

Yuvraj is also receiving a pension of Rs 22,500 per month

According to rules, it looks like Yuvraj might not be allowed to play for Punjab again. He is currently listed as a retired player in the BCCI’s records. Moreover, he also has received his one-time benefit and is also receiving a pension of Rs 22,500 per month.

“Getting to spend time with someone as experienced as Yuvraj could be the best thing to happen for the young players coming into the Punjab squad. But then, he has not only received a one-time benefit post-retirement but also reportedly gets a pension of around Rs 22,500. These are all documented in the accounts of the BCCI as well from the time of his retirement in 2019. The final call lies with the board,” a board official said as quoted by Times Now.

Yuvraj even has played in two foreign leagues since his retirement. The left-hander was a part of Toronto Nationals in Global T20 Canada and Maratha Arabians in the T10 league. According to the BCCI rules, a player has to retire from international cricket, domestic cricket and IPL to achieve NOC from the board. Even in Ganguly wishes for Yuvraj’s comeback, the rules might deny him to do so.

Earlier this year, the BCCI had also barred Pravin Tambe from playing IPL due to his involvement in T10 league in 2018. Upon his retirement in 2018, Tambe made a comeback in 2019 and was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2020. However, he was denied to participate in the IPL as he already was registered as a retired player in the board’s records. 48-year-old Tambe recently became the first Indian male player to play in an overseas T20 league by playing in CPL 2020.