Pujara gets permission to play County cricket

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India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been granted permission from the BCCI to spend the rest of the India tour in England playing County cricket, though he does not have a club yet.

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been granted permission from the BCCI to spend the rest of the India tour in England playing County cricket, though he does not have a club yet.

Pujara had a terrible time in the Test series, which India lost three-one, but actually started the tour quite well. He scored half centuries in both warm-up games, and in the first Test, before it went downhill.

Pujara is not considered a limited-overs player and is not part of the ODI squad, and thus sought permission to play in the last month of the County Championship. Leicestershire are rumoured to be the most interested in his services.

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told <i>PTI</i>: "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."

Pujara has not played County cricket before, and it's not something many Indian batsmen do too much of these days. The Foxes are keen to secure him though, with chairman Paul Heywood telling <i>Cricinfo</i>: "We have been in contact with Pujara."

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