He is almost there: Abu Dhabi T10 chairman says deal with Yuvraj Singh in final stage
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh (File Photo: IANS)
Yuvraj Singh is likely to make a debut in Abu Dhabi T10 League, as the tournament chairman revealed the negotiations with the former India middle-over batting lynchpin are in the final stages.
The T10 league, the first ever internationally approved ten-over league, is into its third season and is slated to begin from November 15 which will continue till November 24.
The tournament draft was held on Wednesday and no Indian was picked up in it. However, according to The National, the chairman of the league, Shaji Ul Mulk, is in talks with Yuvraj Singh.
"Yuvraj Singh is almost there," tournament chairman Shaji Ul Mulk said. "We hope to make an announcement soon. We are in the final stages of negotiations with him."
"This season, we are limited by the BCCI's policy of having only retired India players in leagues outside India."
For the same reason, Harbhajan Singh withdrew his name from the Players' Draft of the new 'The Hundred' league in the United Kingdom. However, Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket in June, this year, and that makes him available for the league.
Earlier in August, Mulk showed his interest in signing Yuvraj saying, "Our focus is to get Yuvraj Singh on board. The talks are on, and we are confident of signing him up for the league."
Abu Dhabi T10 League will have 8 teams in contention. Sri Lanka's T20 stars including Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera (Bangla Tigers) and Niroshan Dickwella (Abu Dhabi) will also be a part of this season's action.
England's World Cup winning coach Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as the coach of Abu Dhabi franchise and will have a familiar face for company with all-rounder Moeen Ali in his team.
"T10 cricket is big, and it's bold, but it also requires a certain style of player and capability," Bayliss said. "It tests players' tactical talent and skills at the very highest level."
Moeen said, "It's an impressive list of some of the best T10 players on show in Abu Dhabi. Fans are going to be treated to something quite special, there's no doubt about it. I would say there's extra incentive playing for Team Abu Dhabi to show the world what Abu Dhabi T10 cricket is all about."