Mumbai: The allegations on the selectors of Indian cricket team do not seem to be ending as after some great players India’s former cricketer and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Monday claimed that the country’s cricketers feel compelled to play even when they are not in a condition to, for the fear of losing their place a situation he hopes will change with Sourav Ganguly as BCCI President.
One of the great All-rounder that India has ever produced feels there should be a players association, something that has already been done with the institution of the Indian Cricketers’ Association as mandated by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee.
“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,” Yuvraj told reporters here.
“That pressure has to go off the players that even if they are tired or fatigued or carrying injuries, they have to play,” he said
While citing the example of Australian Glenn Maxwell, who has taken a break from international cricket to deal with mental health issues and has got the backing of his Board.
“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,” said Yuvraj.
He feels and expects drastic changes in the BCCI’s functioning with Ganguly at the helm as players will finally be heard instead of merely listening to the administrators, which used to be the case earlier.
“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.” He added, “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.”
When reporters asked Yuvraj about the future of MS Dhoni he responded, “I don’t know boss. You should ask you’re great selectors when you meet them. That’s their call, not mine.”
He also advised the selectors not to “shuffle, pick and drop players at the last moment” as there is T20 World Cup next year to be played in Australia.
Yuvraj Singh will be taking part in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, which will be aired on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3 from November 15.