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Yuvraj picked at Global T20 draft, set to become first Indian to play overseas league

By Pti

New Delhi, June 20: Yuvraj Singh is set to become the first Indian cricketer to feature in an overseas T20 league after being picked by Tornoto Nationals at the Global T20 Canada player draft on Thursday.

Retired New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum and West Indies' Kieron Pollard were also picked by Toronto Nationals. The five-team league, to be played in Brampton, will begin from July 25 and conclude on August 11.

Yuvraj, who recently retired from international cricket, had sought permission from the BCCI to play in the foreign league and is likely to receive the go-ahead from the Indian cricket board.

The BCCI has barred active players from taking part in overseas T20 leagues and that is one of the reasons, Yuvraj considered retirement to make himself available for competitions around the world.

Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan, who had retired from international cricket, were allowed to be part of the T10 League in the UAE. Last month, Irfan Pathan became the first Indian player to be included in the Caribbean Premier League draft though he remains an active first-class player and did not take prior permission from the BCCI.

The BCCI had also withdrawn his brother Yusuf's NOC for participation in a Hong Kong T20 tournament two years ago. Last week, Yuvraj had said that he was looking forward to play in foreign T20 leagues.

"I want to play T20 cricket. At this age I can manage to play some kind of fun cricket. I want to go and enjoy my life. It's been too stressful just thinking about my international career, performing and big tournaments like the IPL," the 37-year-old had said.

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Story first published: Thursday, June 20, 2019, 23:30 [IST]
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