New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly says he has his 'fingers crossed' on the prospect of watching Yuvraj Singh play in the ICC World Twenty20 within six months of recovering from a cancerous disease.
Yuvraj has been selected in India's squad for the tournament to be held next month in Sri Lanka, but Ganguly was more worried than happy about his comeback so soon after recovering from a potentially life-threatening disease.
"We'll find out in time [how much he has recovered]. With the two T20 games against New Zealand, we'll come to know where he is. Happy to see him back to training after a tough phase, [but] I will be wrong if I say I'm not worried about his health. I have my fingers crossed," Ganguly said at a promotional event in New Delhi on Tuesday for the fourth edition of the World Twenty20.
His views were backed by former Test batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, who termed Yuvraj's inclusion in the squad more of an 'emotional decision' by the selectors. "He [Yuvraj] can only be a source of inspiration for the young players. We can't even imagine the trauma he has gone through,” said Manjrekar. “Yes, it is an emotional decision, but we want Yuvraj Singh back. He has shown the keenness to come back. We've seen it when he turned up to support his IPL team Pune Warriors India during the IPL.”
The tournament commences on September 18, with India playing their first game against Afghanistan on September 19 in Colombo. England is the other team in India's group, and their match is scheduled for September 23 at the same venue.
Ganguly also said the BCCI should have ensured that offspinner Harbhajan Singh was not kept out of the national side for more than six months. "You can call it my bias or love for Harbhajan but if in India you are picking three best spinners in the country, Harbhajan Singh's got to figure in that list. Harbhajan is one bowler who should be playing all three formats of the game," Ganguly said.
"I still believe one year was a bit too long time to keep Harbhajan out of the Indian team. The board should have spoken to him and told him that 'look we are giving you six months time to sort out your bowling'. You can't keep a bowler like him in domestic cricket for too long. If you have played for the country for 12 years, you are bound to have one bad season. But he has got close to 700 international wickets which is no mean feat," he added.