Indian Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane wants to make a comeback in county cricket. They have sought permission to play county club Hampshire in May, June and mid-July this year. Rahane has sent an e-mail to the BCCI in this regard, which the Board has forwarded to the Committee of Administrators appointed by the Supreme Court.
According to the e-mail, they want the board to allow them to play for Hampshire for four-day matches. Rahane has not been able to make it to the Indian team for the World Cup to be held in England from May 30. Rahane has sent his e-mail board's CEO Rahul Johari and Johari has forwarded it to the administrators' committee.
A senior board official told IANS that Rahane could not get permission to play for Hampshire and there was no reason to believe. Last year, Indian captain Virat Kohli got permission to play for Surrey.
The official said, "Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli were allowed to play county in the last year and in this regard Rahane should not have any problem in getting permission. Rahane is not even in the World Cup team. In such a situation, there will be no international commitments at that time. He will play in four-day matches and this will give him the benefit of the Test matches for India after the World Cup. "
Apart from Pujara and Kohli last season, fast bowler Ishant Sharma also played for Sussex and came out as a revised bowler. Ishant himself admitted that he had benefited from the county because he had balance and confidence in his bowling.
Pujara also played in the county last year and has improved considerably in his game, and after that he was successful in batting in the series with India for Australia.