Global T20 Canada: Toronto Nationals picks Yuvraj Singh as marquee player in draft

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, the man of the series in World Cup 2011, announced retirement from international cricket this month.

Yuvraj Singh in action for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019.   -  FILE PHOTO/ VIVEK BENDRE

Global T20 League franchise Toronto Nationals have picked former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh as a marquee player in the draft held on Thursday.

Yuvraj, who was the man of the series for Team India in World Cup 2011, announced retirement from international cricket to be available for the franchise-based T20 leagues.

 

The second season of the Global T20 Canada will be held in Brampton from July 25 to August 11.

"I can play fun cricket. I will go and enjoy cricket. Have fun there. I have had a word with BCCI and I will speak again after announcement. Hopefully it will be a smooth sailing," Yuvraj had said at his retirement press conference.

 

On Tuesday, the swashbuckling left-hander had written to the board, seeking permission to ply his trade in the T20 leagues.

"He wrote to the board. I don’t see an issue in him getting the nod to play in overseas leagues now that he has retired from international cricket and the IPL,” a BCCI source had confirmed the development to PTI.

Yuvraj appeared in four matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019. He did not score in bulk — 98 runs in total — but the 35-ball 53 against Delhi Capitals had flashes of the genius he is.

Rules of the draft

Seven players from Full Member nations.

Five Canadian national players

Four from Associate Member Nationals

One from ICC America

A player cannot be paid more than six lakh USD.