Yuvraj Singh (Source: Twitter)

Former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh was selected by the Maratha Arabians as their icon player for the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 tournament. Yuvi will participate in this franchise-based tournament for the second time after retiring from international cricket in June. The tournament will be played from 14 November to 24 November. The third season of the league has been approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Yuvraj, the former veteran of Team India, played a key role in the Indian team that won the titles in 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup. However, he could not find a place in the team for a long time. Yuvraj’s special reason for retiring was also that he wanted to play in leagues around the world. The BCCI does not allow active cricketers to participate in any foreign league yet, so the left-handed batsman had decided to retire. After retirement, the 37-year-old captained the Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada in July-August.

Maratha Arabians recently appointed former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower as their head coach. Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo will lead the franchise as in the previous leg. The franchise also retained a few other players, including Sri Lankan T20 international captain Lasith Malinga, Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Jazai and Najibullah Zadran. Australia’s ‘power hitter’ Chris Lynn was named the franchise’s icon player.