Seven Indian players to play county cricket before World Test Championship
The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has confirmed on Friday that seven Indian players are likely to play in county cricket.
For the preparations of the ICC World Test Championship, BCCI has informed that seven Test specialist players are set to play in county cricket later this year.
The players that are likely to play are: Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma.
Rahane is set to sign a deal with Hampshire and he is only waiting for the approval of all three Committee of Administrators now while Pujara has already a three-year contract with Yorkshire.
A BCCI official told reporters on Friday –
“Pujara’s contract was a deal between him and the county and it’s a long term deal. CoA head Vinod Rai has already given his approval but Diana Edulji and Lt General Ravi Thodage are yet to give their approvals.”
“With India set to play against the Caribbean in about fortnight after the end of the World Cup, the BCCI has prepared a proposal wherein their Test specialists can play some red ball cricket in months of June till mid-July,” he added.
BCCI also informed that some of the county clubs whom they are talking to are Leicestershire, Essex, and Nottinghamshire and they are looking at three to maximum four first-class games for its players before the West Indies series.
“The conditions are completely different save that they will play with red Dukes which will also be used in the West Indies. It’s just that they will get game time. We are hopeful that all our seven Test players will be playing either Division 1 or 2 of the English county,” the BCCI official concluded.