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Want Yuvi back for World T20: Srikkanth

Mumbai: Yuvraj Singh is back to training after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer and selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Wednesday said he wants the all-rounder back in the side for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

The squad for the mega event in September will be announced later this month.

“Yuvraj has started practice, which is a very good thing. We want Yuvraj back for World T20,” Srikkanth said. “I think a guy who has won the World Cup for us deserves to come back and I am sure he will come backů I think he has got the fighting spirit to make a comeback.”

“The very fact that he has got over this particular thing (cancer) and come out of it and started practising shows his positive approach . We are all hoping and keeping our fingers crossed and, by God’s grace, we want Yuvraj back for World Twenty20,” said the former India captain.

“We still have time. The squad will be picked later this month,” he added.

Srikkanth said he was confident that the Indian team would put behind the dismal show in England, Australia and Bangladesh and return to winning ways during the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

“We are looking forward to this particular season. Being the first tour of the season we really wanted the best possible team. Of course, Sachin Tendulkar is not available. He’s starting off from the NZ series. So we have selected the best available team based on performance,” said Srikkanth.

“I think it is a very good side. Don’t forget we have a strong batting line-up and good bowlers...(like) Zaheer Khan and everybody. We (selectors) are confident of doing very well in Sri Lanka,” said Srikkanth.

“Of course we also have Twenty20 World Cup coming (September 18 to October 7 in Sri Lanka). We also have New Zealand coming for a series (sandwiched between the two visits to Lanka) and then England coming (end of year). We have a long season ahead and, by God’s grace, we will be back to winning ways,” he said.

The former India captain said the selectors had a very healthy discussion with Duncan Fletcher. “One good thing is that we had Duncan Fletcher with us. We had a lot of discussions about the pros and cons, about what happened, what did not happen, what’s true and what’s not true.”