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    Yuvraj to play in pre-Ranji season tournaments

    New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh, who has been recovering well after his cancer treatment, is eyeing to play in some of the pre-season tournaments like Moin-Ud Dowla Gold Cup and Buchi Babu Trophy later this year before making a comeback into first-class cricket.

    "Yuvi's scan report shows that he is near complete recovery. For the first two years, the blood tests and scan needs to be done every three months. In the next three years, it will be every five months. He is a little bit weak but his rehab programme at the NCA is going pretty well," said one of Yuvi's close friends.

    Asked about his return to competitive cricket, the source said, "It's difficult to pinpoint a particular date. He might just like to check himself out by playing in one of the Hot Weather tournaments in and around Delhi. But he will definitely play in the Ranji preparatory tournaments like the Buchi Babu Trophy or Moin-Ud Dowla Gold Cup."

    The 30-year-old left-handed batsman seemed to be in good frame of mind if his tweets are to go by. "Good day today, Got my blood report and scan report, I'm in good condition, I'm so happy to lead a normal healthy life time to celebrate." Yuvraj tweeted on Monday.

    He said that he played a short tennis-ball cricket with team-mate Ishant Sharma, who is also undergoing his rehabilitation programme at the NCA.

    "Me and ishant played a 4-over tennis ball match. He hit me for 6 sixes but I won the game by hitting the 7th six of his last ball, Hard luck ishi," Yuvraj tweeted on Friday.