Pujara to play in English county

Cheteshwar Pujara has sought permission to play in the remainder of the English county season and will be allowed to do so by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“Pujara is not part of the ODI or T20 team now and is free to play. He sought my permission to play in county cricket and I have asked him to send me the details. I have decided to allow him to play,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said.

“We have never said no to any player to play in county cricket if it does not clash with our domestic cricket like Ranji Trophy etc. If you remember we had allowed Gautam Gambhir to play in the English country cricket (in 2013 for Essex),” Patel said.

Pujara, who was supposed to be one of the mainstays in the batting line-up, suffered badly against England in the recent five-match Test series.

He tallied 222 runs in 10 innings with 55 as his highest score for a poor average of 22.20 in the series which India lost 1-3.

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