Yuvraj Singh
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New Delhi: World Cup-winning former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has decided to come out of retirement, giving in to a request from the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) more than a year after he called it quits.

The Player of the Tournament at the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last June.

PCA secretary Puneet Bali was the first person to approach the 38-year-old Yuvraj with an offer to come out of retirement for the benefit of Punjab cricket. He has agreed to resume for the state at least in the T20 format.

“Initially, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take up the offer,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by ‘Cricbuzz’. “I was done with domestic cricket, though I did want to continue to play in other domestic franchise-based leagues worldwide if I got permission from the BCCI.

“But I also couldn’t ignore Mr Bali’s request. I gave it a lot of thought, for nearly three or four weeks, and it was almost as if I didn’t even have to make a conscious decision in the end.”

While working with the young Punjab quartet of Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh and Anmolpreet Singh at the nets in the last few months, Yuvraj rediscovered his love and motivation for the game.

“I know he has written a letter to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly wanting to come out of retirement,” Bali said. “We want him in the team and the way he mentored four young boys was exceptional. I told him that please give at least one more year of your life to Punjab cricket.

“Punjab cricket needs him. He still has a lot to give as player and mentor.”

Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam Singh, a constant pillar of support in his life, said he still retains the passion for the game.

“He is coming back (from Dubai) in a couple of days time and then we are going to have a long chat around all of this. Whatever you are hearing must be true,” Shabnam said.