Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken has promised help from the Goverment for India's star cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is undergoing chemotheray in the United States.
"Wish Yuvraj a speedy recovery! Asking officials to find the quantum and nature of help required. Government shld & will help him," Maken said on micro-blogging site Twitter today.
Media reports had said yesterday that Yuvraj, 30, was undergoing treatmet at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, quoting his physiotherapist Jatin Choudhary.
Yuvraj was the Player of the Tourament in the World Cup last year with 362 runs, 15 wickets and four Man-of-the-Match prizes, but has not played much after that.
The cricketer left for the US on January 26 and began the treatment this month. It is expected to go on till March. He had been earlier diagnosed with a non-malignant tumour in the lungs, but it is now stated to be malignant.
The left-handed all-rounder has an average of 34.80 from 37 tests, having scored 1775 runs. He has also made 8051 runs, at an average of 37.62, in 274 one-day international (ODI) matches.
The reports quoted Dr Choudhary as saying that the ailment was curable and that the cricketer would be able to resume playing in May. He said the tumour had been detected in stage one itself. He expected Yuvraj to recover by end of March and undergo some rehabilitation before he is ready to play again in May.