Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh declared that former players to return. Such a move will benefit upcoming cricketers since retired players can pass on their experience and learnings to the next generation.
He said he doesn’t know the exact reason behind Yuvraj being denied permission. Times Now quoted Yograj as telling Asianetnews:
“I’m yet to speak with Yuvi on the same. But, it’s entirely the choice of the BCCI. However, I feel that ample time should be given to the retired players to make a comeback. And play with the young boys, who have a lot to learn from them.”
“I think it was really important for him to play the game with the boys, at least that’s what I felt, along with Puneet Bali (PCA secretary). Before the IPL, we once had a camp and asked him to play with the boys. Yuvi said that he was too old now. But, I insisted that he should play with them. He played four-five innings and looked in fine touch. While the boys were shocked and wondered how could he play at such a level even today.”
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According to BCCI rules, any former cricketer who has played in a foreign league becomes ineligible to play domestic cricket in India, including the IPL.
Following retirement, Yuvraj Singh played in the Global T20 Canada and T10 league. Some reports claimed that he was part of the draft for Big Bash League 2020/21 but that turned out to be false.
Yuvraj Singh joined the Punjab team’s camp in the hope of being allowed to play in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. However, the BCCI decided not to make an exception to the rule.