Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle to play T20 games for non-BBL Melbourne-based club (Details here)
Yuvraj Singh is a former Indian cricketer who retired from all forms of cricket in 2019. While he has taken part in some overseas Twenty20 leagues, Windies opener Chris Gayle continues his ride, as both are looking to feature in a low-ranked T20 league in Melbourne.
Former Indian swashbuckling batsman Yuvraj Singh retired from the sport in 2019. Since he is no longer contractually obligated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, he has occasionally taken part in some overseas Twenty20 leagues.
On the same note, he would do so once again, as he is likely to join a Melbourne-based club later this year, during the Australian summer. The Mulgrave Cricket Club is looking to strike a deal with Yuvi to play some T20 games in the Eastern Cricket Association's T20 Cup, which happens to be a third-tier T20 tournament sanctioned by Cricket Australia.
Yuvi is likely to be joined by current Windies T20 great Chris Gayle for the same club. Furthermore, the club is also in talks with Windies legend Brian Lara and former South African great AB de Villiers. It has already acquired the services of former Sri Lankans Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga.
"We've secured Dilshan, we've secured Sanath, we've secured Tharanga. And now, we are working on finalising agreements with a few other potential players. We are in negotiations, and with Chris and Yuvraj, we are nearly 85 to 90 per cent there. We need to finalise a few things, but it looks really good," said Milan Pullenayegam, president of Mulgrave, reports cricket.com.au.
"We've got a good backing at the moment that will get us across the line, but we don't want to be just breaking even on it; we want to be able to give back the community and expand the structure of the club. It's a process, with these big-name players, there's a lot of things we need to incorporate into their visits to Australia: we'll provide them with accommodation, their travel, food etcetera, there is a lot of background stuff we need to organise for them," he added.
The competition would comprise of three initial matches, followed by three knockout games. However, it was also reported that the overseas players would feature in just a game or two and not the entire tournament.
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