The 2 time world cup winner Yuvraj Singh's decision to come out of the retirement has been halted by the BCCI. The southpaw was looking to take part in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trohpy which will be starting on 10th of January in India, a local domestic T20 competition where all the states will take part in it.
One of the best left hand batsmen ever to play cricket for India, Yuvraj Singh, announced his retirement in 2019 from all the forms of cricket. He had the intention to play in overseas leagues like GLT20, T10 after his retirement for which BCCI issued NOC but that also meant he can’t participate in any of the competitions conducted by the BCCI.
Earlier this year, it was said that Yuvraj Singh might come out of his retirement to play in the SMAT for his state team Punjab but the tournament was postponed due to corona and now it has been scheduled on 10th of January 2021 for which Yuvraj Singh has written a letter requesting to allow him to come out of retirement to BCCI according to Times Of India.
It is learnt that BCCI have turned down his offer and it would mean that Yuvraj Singh wont be playing in this year’s SMAT for Punjab.
All the teams are gradually announcing their squad for the tournament and Punjab have announced Mandeep Singh who was in decent form in the recently concluded IPL as their captain. Though, Punjab wont have the service of the colossal Shubman Gill, they have some good depth in their squad.
Punjab will be eager to make it to the semi final this time around as they missed to make the bus last year. SMAT will be a very good opportunity for youngsters to showcase their skill prior to the IPL which might even fetch them an IPL contract.