Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh was one of the top players to be released by Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL auction. Other than him, MI released nine more players. While rest of the players will be part of the IPL auction to get a buyer for the league, Yuvraj will not be able put his name forward as he had to retire from IPL to be eligible to play Global T20 Canada and other T20 leagues around the world.
As per the BCCI’s rules, a player has to retire from Indian cricket, including IPL, to get an NOC to be eligible to play leagues around the world. Yuvraj, after retiring in the month of June, went on to play Global T20 Canada and is currently playing T10 league.
Former India cricketers Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and other played IPL after retiring from international cricket but they did not retire from IPL. Recently, Harbhajan Singh also had to withdraw his name from The Hundred draft because he plays IPL for Chennai Super Kings – he has been out of international cricket since 2016.
Hence, Yuvraj will not be able to play the league but might take up coaching or commentary role.
The 37-year old started his IPL career with Kings XI Punjab and led the team to the semi-final in the inaugural season of the league. He later went on to play for Pune Warriors India before joining Royal Challengers Bangalore at a record price of Rs 14 Crore. Next year, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) spent Rs 16 Crore to buy the all-rounder.
Yuvraj, in 2016, joined Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 7 Crore before being released ahead of IPL 2018 auction. He rejoined Kings XI Punjab at his base price of Rs 2 Crore but wat released after one season. Yuvraj went unsold in the first round of IPL 2019 but was bought by Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 1 Crore later.
The veteran Indian cricketer played his last international match against West Indies in 2017. He was dropped for the tour of Sri Lanka for failing the yo-yo test. He did clear the fitness test but wasn’t selected thereafter.