Pujara Gets BCCI Nod To Play County Cricket

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara is in line to play county cricket
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Cheteshwar Pujara has been granted permission by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to play county cricket.

Abrupt failure of the Indian batting line-up was one of the most important reasons for 3-1 humiliating series defeat for India against England.

Pujara, who had a miserable time with the bat in the recently-concluded England Test series, has decided to improve the flaws in his batting technique by spending some time playing county cricket in England.

"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 told reporters at Vadodara.

"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 county cricket (in 2013 for Essex)," Patel said.

In 10 innings, Pujara managed to score just 222 runs at an average of 22.20 with a highest of 55 runs.

Pujara, who is highly regarded as a future star of the Indian batting line-up, failed to find an answer to an elegant display of swing bowling by James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Paul Heywood, the Leicestershire chairman, told ESPNCricinfo that "we have been in contact with Pujara".

Leicestershire, who sit at the bottom of LV= Championship Division Two, have a history of signing Indian players including Indian stalwarts Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag.

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