Yuvraj Singh, who has started training after recuperating from a rare germ cell cancer, was today named in India’s 30-member list of probables for the September-October World Twenty20 Championships in Sri Lanka.
Seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, 32, who has been on the sidelines for a quite some time due to poor form, has also been included in the squad.
A few promising youngsters such as all-rounder Mandeep Singh and wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha and domestic veterans such as batsman Ambati Rayudu were picked in the list announced by the BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale.
Paceman Laxmipathy Balaji, who last played an international match in 2009, was also part of the provisional list which will be pruned to a 15-member squad at a later stage.
Yuvraj, who started practising in Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy after undergoing chemotherapy in the United States earlier this year, was targeting a return to international cricket with the World Twenty20 Championships.
In the T20 format, he is best remembered for his astonishing six sixes off one Stuart Broad over at the 2007 edition of the mega—event.
The 30-year-old Yuvraj was expected to make the cut at least in the preliminary list given that the selectors were themselves keen on having the flamboyant left—hander back in the squad.
“I think a guy who has won the World Cup for us deserves to come back,” chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth had stated.