Yuvraj Singh has put his weight behind Sourav Ganguly who has recently taken over the reins of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) presidency. The dashing India batsman expects wholesale changes in the governing body under his former teammate's command.
Yuvraj Singh, who use to decimate bowling attacks at will and for fun, gives a scathing analysis of the plight of Indian players who have to play for the team under strenuous circumstances. He claimed that injured players are scared to sit out of games in fear of losing their spot in the side but he is hopeful that this situation will change under the stewardship of Sourav.
The flamboyant stalwart who retired from international cricket but is set to feature in the T10 league in Abu Dhabi later this month wants a player organization in India that may put forth suggestions and demands to the BCCI.
“We deserve it. Because there are a lot of times we have been asked to play cricket that we don’t want to. We have to play with the pressure that if we don’t play we will be thrown out.
“That pressure has to go off the players that even if they are tired or fatigued or carrying injuries, they have to play," Yuvraj claimed.
Yuvraj quoted the example of Glenn Maxwell, who asked for a break owing to his mental health issues and Cricket Australia (CA) was right behind him, taking the issue seriously.
“That support should be given to the players. We see outside India, if players are fatigued and tired mentally, like is the case with (Glenn) Maxwell, he has taken a break because he is feeling it.
“Our players can’t do that because they fear they may lose their place. So a players’ association is very important,” remarked Yuvraj.
Sourav Ganguly is an immensely popular cricketer and administrator in India. He rallies massive support from the cricket fraternity in India and is expected to bring beneficial reforms.
The removal of bureaucratic hurdles, cordial relations with other boards, addressing players' grievances, breaking hegemony and introducing decentralisation is high on the incumbent BCCI's president's agenda.
“I see great things happening to Indian cricket with Sourav as President. Cricket, from the administration point of view, and the cricketers’ point of view are two different things.
Sourav met National Cricket Academy head Rahul Dravid earlier this month and chalked out a plan with his former teammate to improve the standards of domestic cricket and infrastructure.
Yuvraj opined that since Sourav has substantial experience of playing cricket at apex level, he will understand the specific needs of cricketers and improve cricket by leaps and bounds in India.
"Someone, who has been a very successful captain, will run cricket from a players point of view where cricketer’s concerns can be heard. It would not happen earlier. They would make decisions and cricketers were not heard. Now he will listen to what cricketers want," Yuvraj explained.
He shared his piece of advice to selectors and recommended them to stick with a pool of players rather than trudge on the path of constant chopping and changing before the all-important marquee tournament next year.