Pujara, Jadeja, Rohit not to feature in final

Pujara, Jadeja, Rohit not to feature in final

Saurashtra’s Cheteshwar Pujara and Mumbai’s Rohit Sharma will not be released by the Indian team management for the Ranji Trophy final between the two teams, starting on January 26, at the Wankhede Stadium.

Amidst reports that the two key batsmen from either side will be released, a senior BCCI office-bearer categorically denied any such development.

“None among the trio of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma will be released for the Ranji Trophy final. They will be with the Indian team for the fourth and fifth one-dayers at Mohali and Dharamsala,” a senior BCCI official said.

“We have never released players for domestic matches during a one-day series. It is only during Test series that we follow the rule of releasing at least three reserve players so that they can get serious match time,” the official stated.

Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar also said there was no chance of Sharma being released to play the final.

“He is with the Indian squad in the middle of an ODI series. Why should he be released when he has just been named in the squad for the last two matches,” Agarkar said.
India and England will be playing the fourth ODI at Mohali on January 23 followed by final match of the series at Dharamsala on January 27.