Thursday, 2 December 2021

Door still open for Yuvraj, says chief selector

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MUMBAI: Speculations may be rife that Yuvraj Singh’s career is nearing the end but chief selector MSK Prasad clarified on Monday that national team’s door is still open for the senior cricketer.

The national selectors on Sunday ignored 36-year-old Yuvraj for the ODI series in Sri Lanka, a tough but fair call, indicating their mindset going into the 2019 World Cup in England.

The selectors’ decision has created murmurs that Yuvraj may not be seen again in a blue jersey.

“Yuvraj has been rested,” said Prasad indicating that Yuvraj is still in the mix.

“Doors are never closed on anybody. Everybody has got a right to play cricket. It’s their passion. They are chasing their passion. In terms of selection, we try to select the best possible team.

“Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS Dhoni (or anybody else). When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody,” he said.

Citing tennis legend Andre Agassi’s example, whose career literally took off after 30, Prasad said if Yuvraj keeps on delivering he has every chance of making it to the team despite age and fitness not being on his side.

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