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Yuvraj retired from cricket last year. At the same time, Sreesanth was officially elected to a team after 7 years.
Former India fast bowler S Sreesanth has been selected in the 26-member Kerala squad for the Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Sreesanth has been officially elected to a team for the first time after facing a 7-year ban. At the same time, former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is also returning from retirement. He has also been included in Punjab’s 30 probables for the Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Sreesanth is returning after serving a 7-year sentence
Sreesanth was accused of spot-fixing and betting in an IPL match in August 2013. After the charge was proved, the BCCI imposed a life ban on him. His conviction was also upheld by the Kerala High Court. After this, Sreesanth reached the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had asked the BCCI to reduce the duration of the ban imposed on them. After this, the BCCI removed the life ban imposed on him and made his ban 7 years, which ended on 12 September this year.
Sreesanth was part of the Indian team that won the World Cup
It remains to be seen whether Sreesanth is selected in the 15-member Kerala final squad. Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 matches for India. He was part of the Indian team that won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the ODI World Cup in 2011.
Yuvraj retired in June last year
At the same time, World Cup winning all-rounder Yuvraj Singh retired in June last year. However, he decided to resume playing for his home state on the request of Punjab Cricket Association secretary Puneet Bali. Recently, he also posted a video of him training at Mohali’s PCA Stadium on his social media account.
Yuvraj awaits approval from BCCI
However, Yuvraj is yet to get BCCI approval to return to domestic cricket. After retiring, he also participated in the Global T20 League of Canada. Yuvraj has played 304 ODIs, 40 Tests and 58 T20s in his international career. He was also a part of India’s T20 World Cup in 2007 and ODI World Cup winning team in 2011.
Barinder Saran also returned to the Punjab team
Apart from Yuvraj, Punjab fast bowler Barinder Saran has also returned. He was not included in the squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy by Punjab. All these players will take part in a local tournament in Ludhiana. After which the names of Punjab Final-15 will be announced.
Mushtaq Ali tournament will be played in January
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday released the schedule of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the defunct domestic tournament due to Corona. The tournament will be played from January 10 to 31 in 6 states. BCCI Sachin Jai Shah briefed the entire schedule.
All teams must report by 2 January
According to the board, due to Corona, the tournament will be played in a bio-secure environment. This bio-bubble will be made soon. Teams joining the tournament must report to Bio-Hub by 2 January.
BCCI’s mega preparations for IPL
The Mushtaq Ali tournament is played in T20 format. According to the news agency, BCCI wants to conduct IPL mega auction in early February. This time IPL can also have 10 teams. For this reason many Indian players also have to join it. So this tournament is perfect for this auction.