Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh said he is 'happy' to return to the Indian squad after fighting cancer as the selectors on Friday included his name in the T20 side for the ICC World T20 and the T20 International series against New Zealand.
"I am happy that I have been given another chance in life and chance to play," Yuvraj said while addressing a press conference on Friday.

The All-India Senior Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai on Friday to pick the Indian teams for the Test series against New Zealand, and the T20 International series against New Zealand and ICC World T20 2012 in Sri Lanka.

Yuvraj was named in both the T20 squads.

"This has been a very emotional day for me," he said.

"I am confident that I will be 100pc fit when I play," Yuvraj said.

Yuvraj, who has recovered from a rare germ cell cancer, started training only in June.

The dashing cricketer earlier tweeted and said he felt as if he is going for the Indian time for the first time.

"Can't explain how I feel ! Feels like I'm going to play for india for the first time!want to thank a lot of people," Yuvraj tweeted.

"Specially bcci and selectors for showing their faith in me my friends and family my fans and media ! Its a special day for me," he posted on Twitter.

Yuvraj said when he was diagnosed with cancer he always thought of making a comeback and play for the country.

"When I was diagnosed with cancer I always thought in my heart that one day I will come back and play for India," he posted on his micro blogging site Twitter homepage.

"And I hope the almighty wil give me another chance in life to do so! So here I am ready to represent my country once again its a huge honour," he said.

Thanking his fans, Yuvraj said: " And this would not have been possible without the wishes and prayers of the loved ones and dear fans !! I can't wait to step on the field and wave the indian flag ! I v worked very hard and will go all out in this month to prepare for the t20 w cup! Jai hind !!"

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken wished Yuvraj and said his comeback story will not only inspire the team but motivate sportpersons in their moments of despair.

Maken tweeted: "Yuvraj Singh is a fighter! His comeback story will not only inspire the team but motivate sportpersons in their moments of despair and gloom!"

Reacting to Yuvraj's comeback, India's chief cricket selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth told reporters: "We are happy to see Yuvraj back in the Indian team."

He appreciated the efforts made by the cricketer to return to the Indian side.

"We appreciate the efforts put by him. We are happy that Yuvraj has been declared fit," Srikkanth said.

He said: "Yuvraj will be a great factor for the Indian cricket team."

Meanwhile, former Indian skipper Surav Ganguly was surprised with the inclusion of Yuvraj in the squad for the Twenty20 World Cup.

"It is good to see Yuvraj back in squad but I hope he sustains his recovery and perform well," said Ganguly adding that he is little apprehensive about his fitness.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also hailed Yuvraj's return to the squad.

"I am what I am because of Yuvraj. He has helped me a lot. I am happy to see him back in the team," he said.

Yuvraj had last played for the Indian team in 2011.

He had played a crucial role in India's World Cup victory in 2011.

ICC World T20 2012 will be played in Sri Lanka this year.
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(Posted on 10 August 2012, 1675572362 3O236O47O240)