Here's Yuvraj Singh's answer on MS Dhoni's future
05 Nov 2019
Former explosive Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh, who retired from the sport in June, floored the reporters with an epic reply upon being asked about the future of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni.
During a function in Mumbai, upon being questioned on the same, Yuvraj asked the reporter to as the 'great selectors', besides believing that the team needs better selectors.
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Yuvi takes a dig at selectors again
Dig at selectors
On being questioned, Yuvi firmly replied by saying, "I don't know boss. You should ask your great selectors when you meet them. That's their call, not mine."
While he believed that selection is a difficult job, he backed for better selectors.
"It's a difficult job, but their thinking, in terms of modern-day cricket, is not up to the mark. It's my opinion," he added.
Dhoni yet to play for India following World Cup ouster
Dhoni's current status
For now, Dhoni is on a sabbatical from the sport following the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup.
Dhoni missed India's limited-overs campaign against Windies and then the T20Is against South Africa, while he would miss the upcoming T20Is against Bangladesh, having extended his break until the end of November.
He is likely to play the T20Is against the Windies in December.
We definitely need better selectors: Yuvi
Yuvi said that he always believes in protecting the players and being positive about them, but talking negatively about them does not show the team in a good light.
"The character only shows when things are going wrong and you motivate the players. In bad times, everyone talks bad. We definitely need better selectors," he asserted.
Yuvraj believes fear of losing the spot haunts Indian players
Losing the spot
Yuvraj explained that while overseas players take a break, the same cannot be the case with Indians, since they fear of losing their spot.
"What I would like to see is a players' association coming up because I think the player's voice was never heard before. So, I think a players' association that all other countries have, we should also have," he said.
We deserve it [players' association]: Yuvraj
"We deserve it [players' association] 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 added, reports PTI.
Yuvraj feels that current Indian players need more support
Yuvraj reckons that the current players choose to play the game even while being injured, out of the fear of losing heir spot, which needs to be addressed and resolved.
"That's something I would like to see happening for the players. Every voice should be heard in the players' association, not only the captain or vice-captain or senior players'," he further added.
Yuvraj backs Sourav Ganguly to bring in the change
Yuvi also backed new BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, to work on the same and believes that the latter, being a former player himself, will give players the freedom to voice their opinion.
"It didn't happen earlier. They [previous administrators] would make decisions and cricketers were not heard. Now, he [Ganguly] will listen to what cricketers want," concluded Yuvraj.
BCCI introduced Indian Cricketers' Association for former players
Indian Cricketers' Association
While BCCI might work on introducing a players' association, as of now, it has introduced the Indian Cricketers' Association (ICA), which looks after the interests of the former and retired Indian players.
Also, with Ganguly looking to bring in revolutionary changes in Indian cricket, and being an ex-player himself, he would certainly back the need for a players' association and would look into it.