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Hopeful of getting results: Yuvraj Singh   Agencies - Dec 20, 2015

Yuvraj Singh has not had it easy; he went from being the poster boy of Indian cricket to battling cancer and overcome the ordeal in flying colours. Now, named in India's Twenty20 International squad for the upcoming three-match series against Australia, Yuvraj said he hopes he'll be able to perform to his potential after emerging stronger from a terrible phase in his life.
"The phase in life that I went through was really terrible and it can't be worse," said Yuvraj on Sunday (December 20). "But I've emerged stronger.
"There's always pressure to come back. Pressure is always there in international cricket. People always expect you to repeat your old performances and records.
"I'm sure that it will come with time, with the faith I've from the selectors, team management and fans," he said . "I'm hopeful of getting results."

Dhoni retained as captain till World T20 to send out a signal: Sandeep Patil - PTI

Soon after retaining Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India captain till the World T20 next year on Saturday (December 19), Sandeep Patil, chairman of selectors, said the Board wanted to end speculations and "send a signal" to players as to who would be their leader in the mega-event from March 8 to April 3.
Patil spoke after the selectors named India's One-day and Twenty20 squads for the upcoming Australia tour. "We named Dhoni as the captain as we wanted to end the speculations in the media. Not only media but players in general should know who will be their leader," Patil told reporters. Giving the impression that Dhoni is still the man in charge of the limited overs team, Patil said the "decision to pick the teams were taken in consultation with the captain and we support that".
Asked further about the future of Dhoni, Thakur said, "BCCI doesn't discuss players' future. Selectors do that with players. He is the most successful Indian captain. He has won two World Cups for India, taken India to No. 1 Test rankings. It is only fair that we name him captain till World T20."

Venue allotments for World T20 raises eyebrows   - K Shrinivasrao

The Indian cricket board's (BCCI) decision to award almost half of the ICC World T20 matches next year to only two venues -Dharamshala and Nagpur -has raised eyebrows. These two venues -which will together host 17 out of 35 games in the tournament -belong to state associations from where the board secretary and president belong. Nagpur, the home association of BCCI president Shashank Manohar, is set to host nine games while Dharamshala -home to board secretary Anurag Thakur-run Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association -will stage eight.
Five other venues will host the other half of the tournament.Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Delhi -all traditional Test venues -will host a total of 18 matches, including the final at Kolkata's Eden Gardens. There are 20 international cricket stadiums in the country , of which 15 are certified Test venues now. However, the BCCI decided to shortlist and finalize only these seven venues to host the World T20 matches, to be held from March 9 to April 3. The biggest surprise is that the marquee game of the tournament -India versus Pakistan -has been awarded to Dharamshala, which has a capacity of only 23,000. Some other venues across India which were ignored boasts capacities ranging from 30,000 to 55,000.

ICC World Twenty20, 2016 - 35 T20s .

Zimbabwe vs Hong Kong, 1st Match, Group B
 (D) Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
March 08, 2016

India Vs Australia

Australia vs India, 1st ODI
   W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
10:20 PM (Jan 11 2016) 03:20 AM GMT / 11:20 AM LOCAL


"It was hard for me to digest when I was diagnosed (with cancer) but that's the way life is. I've fought a tough battle, it's been gruelling for me and my family. I am thankful to fans for the support I got throughout my illness !,"  -- Yuvraj Singh*

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