India’s 2011 World Cup Hero Yuvraj Singh announcing his retirement from international cricket was a heartening sight for the cricketing world. It was revealed that Yuvraj was offered a retirement match but he wasn’t willing to take that. He played for the title-winning Mumbai Indians (MI) and featured only in four matches for them only to be benched for the rest of the season. It was expected to be running on his mind and as per reports Yuvraj has written to the BCCI asking permission to play in foreign T20 leagues.
Yuvraj Singh never really consistently played for India after 2011 World Cup. He was diagnosed with Cancer after the mega event and had to undergo treatment. He made a stunning comeback to the international arena again but was in and out of the side frequently. However, his last mega ICC event turned out to be Champions Trophy 2017 where India reached the final and lost to Pakistan.
His fitness was not at the expected levels combined with the poor form which led to Yuvraj Singh going down in the pecking order. At one stage, he was hopeful of making a comeback to play in the 2019 World Cup but the Indian team looked beyond him after some time.
I want to play T20 cricket
While calling time on his glorious career, Yuvraj expressed his desire to play in the overseas leagues for "fun" - something that the active Indian players are barred from participating in. The offers to play in these leagues are understood to have played a part in Yuvraj announcing his retirement.
"I want to play T20 cricket. At this age I can manage to play some kind of fun cricket. I want to go and enjoy my life. It's been too stressful just thinking about my international career, performing and big tournaments like the IPL," said the 37-year-old at his retirement event.
Previously, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan were permitted to participate in the T10 League in the UAE since they'd already retired from international and first-class cricket. While the BCCI had withdrawn the NOC given to Yusuf Pathan for participation in the Hong Kong T20 league two years ago, his brother, Irfan, became the first Indian cricketer last month to be included in the Caribbean Premier League draft even though he remains an active first-class player.