Former Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh feels the BCCI did not manage his former teammates like Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan well towards the end of the career and expected the cricketing body will recognise the efforts of match winners in the future and respect them for their input into Indian cricket.
The all-rounder, who called it a day from international cricket in 2019 after featuring for 19 years, didn’t get a farewell match and neither did Sehwag or Zaheer. The left-hander also feels that the way BCCI handled him towards the end of his career was unprofessional, although it wasn’t surprising for him.
“Giving someone a farewell, that’s not for me to decide. It’s up to the BCCI. But I felt the way that they managed me towards the end of my career, was very unprofessional,” Yuvraj told SportsKeeda. “But looking back at some of the great players from India - Harbhajan [Singh], [Virender] Sehwag, Zaheer Khan - were also badly mismanaged. It’s part of Indian cricket, I have seen that in the past so I wasn’t really surprised.”
Yuvraj Singh last featured for the men in blue during the tour of West Indies in 2017. Earlier that year in January, the all-rounder made his final comeback into the Indian side during the ODI series against England andknocked a career-best 150 runs.
The all-rounder was part of the India’s 2017 Champions Trophy squad where his only significant contribution was a knock of 53 against Pakistan. Yuvraj, who announced his retirement in the middle of the World Cup last year.
“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. Zaheer, who has 350 wickets, Laxman... and all these guys,” said Yuvraj.
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