As Yuvraj played in overseas leagues, the BCCI must clear him to participate in the T20 tournament
Yuvraj Singh could return to the Indian domestic circuit early next year, after being nominated in the 30-man list of Punjabis of odds for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20) 2020-21, to be played in January.
Singh, now 39, announced his retirement from international – and IPL – cricket in June last year, but was asked by Puneet Bali, the secretary of the Punjabi Cricket Association (PCA), last month to retire and play for Punjab altogether. . formats. As the matter stands, with Singh participating in the World T20 Canada and the Abu Dhabi T10 tournaments since retirement, his participation for Punjab will have to be drained by the BCCI as the board considers players officially retired before giving them NOCs for overseas connections.
A final decision is expected after December 20, the deadline set by BCCI for state associations to complete the transfers and issue uncontested certificates.
Bali confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Yuvraj has trained with the Punjabi squad and will perform the role of mentor player after BCCI gives the green signal. “No, he wasn’t (appointed in the squad) because we’re just waiting for the BCCI’s nod yet,” Bali said. “He was selected in the camp, but it is subject to approval and confirmation by BCCI.”
The BCCI plans to host the T20 national championship from January 10 to 31, with the venues to be announced in a few days, and the teams would need to meet at the respective biosafety centers across the country by January 2.
Sran returns to Punjab fold as well
Barinder Sran, the 28-year-old left-arm seamstress who played six ODIs and two T20Is in 2016, was also included in the list of odds, following a transition to Chandigarh last year.
Before the start of last season, Sran finished his transfer to Chandigarh after being left out of the Punjab Vijay Hazare Trophy squad (50-finish competition). At the time, he said he didn’t want to “waste the entire season” because of the turmoil, and instead chose the switch.
Punjab has lost a number of major players to other states in recent years. Among them are Manan Vohra, who moved to Chandigarh as Sran, Jiwanjot Singh (Chhattisgarh) and Taruwar Kohli (Mizoram).
Punjab probabilities: 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, Himansm , Prabhsimran Singh, Nehal Wadhera, Anmol Malhotra, Aarush Sabharwal, Abhinav Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Mayank arkande, Baltej Singh, Siddharth Kaul, Barinder Sran, Gurnoor Singh, Harjas, Abhijit Garg, Kunwar Pathak
Sreesanth finds a place in Kerala longlist
Sreesanth has stepped closer to a return to competitive cricket after being nominated in Kerala’s list of 26 odds according to the Mushtaq Ali trophy, PTI reported.
Thirty-seven-year-old Sreesanth, whose BCCI ban for repairs ended earlier this year, resumed training in June, including with the Kerala Under-23 team and a number of senior players at a KCA facility in Ernakulam.
Company Sreesanth in the list of odds were stellar players like Sanju Samson, Sachin Baby, Jalaj Saxena, Robin Uthaapa and Basil Thampi.