Srinagar, July 27: Holding no words back former Team India star crickter Yuvraj Singh has lashed out at BCCI for its lack of professionalism and treating senior cricketers badly.
Yuvraj Singh has said that BCCI lacks professionalism and treated legends like Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan badly towards the end of their careers and hoped the board will recognise the efforts of match-winners in the future and honour them for their contribution towards Indian cricket.
Yuvraj, who retired from international cricket last year after playing for 19 years, did not get a farewell game and neither did Zaheer or Sehwag and the former 2011 World Cup player of the tournament said that BCCI handled him unprofessionally towards the end of his career.
“Giving someone a farewell, that’s not for me to decide. It’s up to the BCCI. But I felt the way that they managed me towards the end of my career, was very unprofessional,” Yuvraj told SportsKeeda.
“But looking back at some of the great players from India – Harbhajan [Singh], Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan – were also badly mismanaged. It’s part of Indian cricket, I have seen that in the past so I wasn’t really surprised.”
Yuvraj last played for India during the tour of West Indies in 2017.
Yuvraj, who announced his retirement in the middle of the World Cup last year, wants the BCCI will pay respect to some of the greats of the game, who couldn’t finish their careers on a high.
“But in the future, anybody who has played for India for a long time and has been through tough situations, you should definitely honour him. Give him that respect, somebody like Gautam Gambhir, who has won two World Cups for us. Sehwag, who has been the biggest match-winner after Sunil Gavaskar in Tests. Zaheer, who has 350 wickets, Laxman… and all these guys,” said Yuvraj.
(With inputs from HT Sports)