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To abolish runners is a harsh decision: Yuvraj

cricket Updated: Jul 01, 2011 20:42 IST

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India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh has termed as "unfortunate" the ICC's decision to abolish the practice of allowing batsmen to take runner when he is injured but welcomed the implementation of DRS technology in all the international matches.

The ICC at its Annual Conference meetings in Hong Kong made wholesome changes in the way cricket is being played.

Yuvraj said it will be a challenge for the batsmen to maintain fitness in the wake of the ICC decision.

"No runner means batsmen will have to get fitter. Now batsmen have to work hard in conditions like in India and Sri Lanka. It is unfortunate that injured batsmen will not get runners. I think the decision is a little bit harsh," Yuvraj told NDTV.

Stating that the DRS without Hawk-Eye would be successful, the left-hand batsman said, "DRS without Hawk-Eye is absolutely fine."

Yuvraj also claimed that he has recovered from the lung infection, which forced him to skip the West Indies tour, and is ready now for the challenging series in England. "I am fit to tour England. I am feeling revitalised and have recovered well in time before the tour of England. I am looking forward to it," he said.