Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Harbhajan, Yuvraj leave Punjab squad

It is understood that Yuvraj and Harbhajan left for an overseas personal commitment after the team’s demoralising eight-wicket loss against Saurashtra on Sunday.

Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are likely to miss the rest of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament for Punjab. (File photo)   -  R.V. Moorthy

Having failed to register a win in the first three games, Punjab is set to be without the services of veterans Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh for the remainder of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Group C games.

It is understood that Yuvraj and Harbhajan left for an overseas personal commitment after the team’s demoralising eight-wicket loss against Saurashtra on Sunday. Punjab coach Harvinder Singh hoped that “at least Yuvraj would be back for the last game” on March 2, adding that uncapped Rohan Marwaha joined the team ahead of its training on Tuesday.

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Neither Harbhajan nor Yuvraj, both at the fag end of their career, have had an impact in Punjab’s first three games. Leading the team, Harbhajan returned went wicketless in all three matches, conceding 75 runs in seven overs. All-rounder Yuvraj failed to fire on both the fronts, tallying 47 runs off 50 balls in three innings and ending with cumulative figures of 5-0-44-0.

To add to Punjab’s woes, youngster Shubman Gill missed Tuesday’s training due to ill health.