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Dileep Premachandran writes in the Guardian that blocking Indian players from county cricket makes little sense, especially in the case of players like Yusuf Pathan and VVS Laxman who aren't part of the national team in all three formats, which reduces the need for them to be rested.
The most perverse case is that of Laxman. He hasn't been part of India's limited-overs plans for years, and it's doubtful whether he will get an IPL contract next season. To deny him a stint with Lancashire is nothing short of restraint of trade. In a recent interview, Dravid spoke of how difficult it had been to mentally adjust to not playing all the time after he was jettisoned from the one-day squad. For Laxman, who has played only Tests for years, any match practice is valuable. With (yet another) series in Sri Lanka scheduled for July-August, denying him a few hits in the early part of summer makes no sort of sense at all.
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