Yuvraj Singh chooses National Cricket Academy over Ranji Trophy, questions

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Press Trust of India, Nagpur

Yuvraj Singh last played for India cricket team in June.

Yuvraj Singh last played for India cricket group in June. (HT Photo)

    Out of favour India veteran Yuvraj Singh’s choice to perform fitness training in the National Cricket Academy at the expense of Ranji Trophy matches has not gone down well with a section of BCCI officials.

    Yuvraj has jumped a few of Punjab’s five Ranji matches so far, including in one game, against Vidarbha scoring 20 and 42 respectively.

    Some of these BCCI office-bearers are currently raising questions on his presence in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) given that he doesn’t have any documented accident problems plaguing him at the moment.

    It’s learnt, Yuvraj is bent at clearing the YoYo physical fitness evaluation, which he has failed previously, but it’s been at the expense of competitive games.

    A comeback from the Indian group is also essential for Yuvraj as he is expected to return from the IPL auction pool and for businesses, India discards aren’t the priority choices.

    “There aren’t any reports that Yuvraj is doing rehabilitation but we’ve come to understand that he is doing exclusive physical fitness training to maneuver the YoYo test. Now whether choosing Ranji Trophy for granted is a fantastic thing or not Yuvraj has to decide.

    “Does this mean that if he accomplishes 16.1 (fitness parameter set by Indian group direction) and is without any runs behind him he will be selected for its Sri Lanka restricted overs series?” An extremely senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

    Yuvraj, nevertheless, could not be reached for a comment on the issue.

    “We heard that Yuvraj has told the Punjab team direction he was asked by the Indian group to perform fitness evaluation whereas selectors have constantly stressed on Ranji Trophy functionality. Look at Ishant Sharma. He is a part of Indian group but he was released a day ahead of Kolkata test so he can play with Ranji Trophy against Maharashtra,” the BCCI official added.

    It’s not yet evident whether chief selector MSK Prasad, who had been an advocate of playing games, was retained in the loop about this choice.

    In under a month, Yuvraj will soon be celebrating his 36th birthday and his fielding has gone down by a notch. He bowls his slow left-arm twist that has been instrumental in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.

    The left-hander has played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals within his 17-year-career scoring 1900, 8701 and 1177 runs throughout the various formats.

    There is a school of thought performing rounds that if Yuvraj is selected against Sri Lanka, there is a chance that it could well be his swansong series for the Indian group as it appears forward towards the 2019 World Cup.