Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh believes that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should have managed him a better way at the end of his international career. He called their last approaches were very unprofessionalism.
The 38-year-old Yuvraj Singh was one of the greatest and successful cricketers in Indian cricket history. From 2000 to 2017, Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is where the left-handed batsman scored 1900 runs (average 33.92), 8701 runs (average 36.55) and 1177 runs (average 28.02) respectively. Also, the left-arm spinner took nine Test wickets, 111 ODI wickets and 28 T20I wickets.
In many successes of the Indian team, Yuvraj played the pivotal roles. He was the crucial reason why MS Dhoni-led India won the ICC World T20 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. In fact, Yuvraj won the Player of the Tournament award in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 for his incredible all-round performances.
Recently, Yuvraj claimed that he didn’t look himself as a legend due to his not much successful career in Test cricket. While he didn’t get a farewell match, he believed that it was not to him to decide for getting a farewell match.
In an interview with Indranil Basu and Shanivi Sadana on Sportskeeda’s ‘Free Hit’ show, Yuvraj said, “First of all, I don’t think I’m a legend. I’ve played the game with integrity but I didn’t play much Test cricket. Legendary players are those who have good Test records. For giving somebody a farewell, that’s not for me to decide, that’s for BCCI to decide.”
It is part of Indian cricket: Yuvraj Singh about the mismanagement by the BCCI
However, Yuvraj felt that the BCCI managed the last phase of his international career very unprofessionally. He also pointed out that the other Indian great players like Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag or Zaheer Khan were also the victim of the mismanaged at the end of their careers.
The former Indian all-rounder claimed, “I just felt that the way they managed me towards the end of my career was very unprofessional. But looking back at a couple of great players like Harbhajan, Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, also very badly mismanaged. So it is part of Indian cricket, I had seen it in the past and I was not really surprised.”
Yuvraj further added that Gautam Gambhir, VVS Laxman etc. should get more respect from the BCCI.
He continued, “But in the future, anybody who has played for India for a long time and has been through tough situations, you should definitely honour him. Give him that respect, somebody like Gautam Gambhir, who has won two World Cups for us. Sehwag, who has been the biggest match-winner after Sunil Gavaskar in Tests. VVS, Zaheer, also.”
After missing out the international cricket for around two years, Yuvraj Singh finally announced his retirement from the international cricket in June 2019.