Mumbai, July 28: The former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh revealed that he was mistreated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the end of his international cricket career.
The 38-year-old has played of 40 Test matches, 304 ODIs, and 58 T20 Internationals for India and had a major contribution in India’s win in the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup. However, he announced retirement in 2019. Though the veteran player did not mind getting a proper farewell before announcing his retirement, what he needed was a little respect from BCCI.
“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,” Yuvraj said on a private show.
“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, and 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,” he added.
“But in the future, anybody who has played for India for a long time and has been through tough situations, you should definitely honor 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,” he remarked.
Veterans like Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir are some significant players who have inked their name in Indian cricket history but did not get a proper farewell