Singh retired from international cricket in 2019 (Photo: Twitter @ICC)

The relationship that a player and the governing body of that sports share is a unique one. In its theoretical form, it is a formal understanding. However, we have seen instances were personal friendships/contacts are present.

There are also instances where there has been animosity among both parties. It can be said that this is natural as the perspectives are different for everyone. However, one realizes that reaching a common understanding is very important. Compromise is essential for development. Rigidity from both parties can lead to huge complications for the game.

Quite a few players complained about how they were forced to retire or were not given their fair due. The primary cause of this is disagreement with the selectors or the board. There are also cases where keeping the player in the team is more harmful than beneficial for the game.

Former Indian southpaw open up

Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh revealed that he felt mistreated by the Indian cricket board towards the end of his glittering career. Yuvraj made his debut in 2000 and went on to play his last match for India in 2017. He announced his retirement in 2019, fulfilling his legacy of playing international cricket for 19 years.

“First of all, I don’t think I’m a legend. I’ve played the game with integrity but I didn’t play much Test cricket. Legendary players are those who have good Test records. Giving somebody a farewell, that’s not for me to decide, that’s for BCCI to decide,” Yuvraj states.

“I just felt that the way they managed me towards the end of my career was very unprofessional. But looking back at a couple of great players like Harbhajan, Sehwag, and Zaheer Khan, also very badly mismanaged. So it is part of Indian cricket, I had seen it in the past and I was not really surprised.”

“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.”