New Delhi, Nov 27: Yuvraj Singh has a "non-malignant tumour" in his left lung and that is the reason why the flamboyant left-hander has opted out of the upcoming ODI series against West Indies.
Yuvraj has been troubled by health issues since the World Cup, which India won, and has played just one Test match in England after that.
"The last few months have been extremely tough for my son, Yuvraj," stated his mother Shabnam. "After the highs of the World Cup, Yuvraj has found himself dealing with the toughest time of his life in these last six-seven months."
"During the World Cup, Yuvraj found himself constantly troubled by bouts of coughing and vomiting. He ignored the problem, assuming it was due to stress, and didn't want anything to distract him during the course of such an important tournament."
"When the problem persisted after the World Cup, we decided to seek medical advice."
Yuvraj had declared himself unavailable for the five-match one-day series against the West Indies and was also not picked for the Test series in Australia.
"Reports and scans then showed us that Yuvraj was dealing with something really serious. A golf-ball-sized lump was found over his left lung and doctors advised us to go in for more detailed scans. The initial reports suggested that Yuvraj had what in medical terms is called an abnormal tumor called lymphoma over his left lung. The danger was, we were told, that it could be malignant."
"Everyone in the family was very disturbed, even while we knew we were under very good medical care, and doctors wanted to conduct some more tests to ensure that he got the right treatment."
"With medication and therapy to start with, Yuvraj got better and was eager to resume his India duties. He could only play one Test match and had to come back due to finger injury."
"When he returned from England, Yuvraj continued with his treatment, showing immense courage, determination all through this period and keeping all our spirits up. After detailed scanning, and biopsy, further reports have indicated that the tumour is non-malignant and non-threatening and can be treated through proper medication and therapy. In medical terms, Yuvraj is now in a much better state and on his way to a full recovery," Yuvraj's mother Shabnam said in a statement.
Shabnam further said Yuvraj did not want to rush his return to the side and that was why he had informed the BCCI about his unavailability for the West Indies series.
"This period of illness, tests and treatment was physically and emotionally a very hard time for Yuvraj and all of us. Now his entire focus is to re-gain full fitness. He is already preparing himself to play the one-day series in Australia."
"He knows the importance of being fully fit when he returns to the field and that is why he has sought some more time from the BCCI and asked not to be considered for selection in the one-dayers versus the West Indies. He doesn't want to rush things, he wants to be hundred percent fit before resuming his cricket for India and has started working hard on both his fitness and his cricket."
Shabnam also acknowledged the support of the cricket board and Yuvraj's team-mates in this time of crisis.
"All through this period the BCCI has given their full support and guidance. BCCI president Mr N Srinivasan offered Yuvraj all the support and help we needed. I want to express Yuvraj's and the family's gratitude for their understanding and help in this matter."
"Yuvraj is also very touched by the love and encouragement he has received from his team-mates, who also knew about his problem and were very caring," she said.
"Everyone who knows Yuvraj knows that he is a fighter and has been very strong and a pillar for the family through this trying period. We are sure that very soon he will be back on the cricket field in India colours."