Indian middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has sought permission to play County Championship in England. He has formally wrote to the Board of Control for Cricket in India for permission to play in England.
He is reportedly considering playing for the English country side Hampshire.
According to a report by national daily The Hindu, Rahane is willing to play four County games between May and July. He is not the part of Team India for the ICC World Cup, to be played between May 30 and July 14 in England and Wales. He will have no significant cricketing engagement during the period. He wants to best utilised he period by playing in the English domestic structure.
Rahane has reportedly written to the board CEO Rahul Johri with a copy to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for the desired permission.
Rahane reportedly stands good chance to get the BCCI nod as there is no other international commitment than the ICC World Cup. So he will not be playing any significant cricket otherwise.
“Rahane isn’t part of the World Cup team, so he does not have any international commitment at that time. So, if he wants to play four-day cricket, ideally there should not be any problems,” Sportstar has quoted a BCCI official as saying.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma among the current Indian cricketers to have country stints.