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New Delhi – India on Friday selected cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, four months after he was treated for a rare germ-cell tumour between his lungs.
The 30-year-old left-hander, one of the most flamboyant batsmen in world cricket, was named in a 15-man squad for the tournament to be played from September 18 to October 7.
Yuvraj, who completed chemotherapy in the United States in April, has not played competitive cricket since two home Tests against the West Indies last November.
He only recently began light training at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
Yuvraj played a key role in India's 50-over World Cup triumph last year, scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets in nine matches to be named man of the tournament.
The squad, announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after a selection committee meeting in Mumbai, also includes off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
India's World Twenty20 squad
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ashok Dinda, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Manoj Tiwary. – Sapa-AFP