India news August 19, 2014

Pujara granted permission to play in County Championship

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Cheteshwar Pujara, who was among the India batsmen who failed in the five-Test series against England, has sought permission to play in the remainder of the English County Championship this season and will be allowed to do so by the BCCI. Leicestershire have begun negotiations to sign him for the final month of the season, though other counties could also show an interest now they are aware of his availability.

"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," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI from Vadodara.

Leicestershire, who have previously signed Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag as overseas players, currently lie bottom of Division Two with four games remaining and have not won in the Championship since 2012. "We have been in contact with Pujara," Paul Heywood, the Leicestershire chairman, told ESPNcricinfo.

Pujara, considered a Test specialist, and Virat Kohli were expected to be the bulwarks of the young India batting line-up, but failed to live up to their reputations, in conditions conducive to swing bowling. The team suffered three massive defeats - two of them by an innings - and squandered the series after taking a 1-0 lead at Lord's, which hosted the second Test. Pujara tallied 222 in 10 innings, with a high score of 55, averaging 22.20 in the series.

Though Pujara would be unable to greatly aid Leicestershire's ambitions this season, the club hope the potential signing demonstrates their ambitions and would increase their relevance to the local Asian community. Leicestershire recently announced the departure of their CEO, Mike Siddall, with Wasim Khan believed to be favourite to be appointed in his place. Wasim was the first British-born Muslim of Pakistan origin to play county cricket and is seen as a good candidate to help attract more supporters from the inner-city and Asian communities.

Most other possible suitors - the likes of Hampshire, Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Somerset and Nottinghamshire - have confirmed they are not pursuing Pujara.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Peakfan on | August 23, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    He's coming to Derbyshire...

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    Pujara, I know you will prove yourself!!! You did well, but sometimes if your opening pair is inconsistent like this time, and whole team is under-performing, can harm your batting as well.. Capitalize each and every moment of your County Season, it can turn you around one of the most famous Test Cricket Batsman in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Sensible decision by Pujara and equally sensible by BCCI for giving quick consent. But, why Pujara alone; every one in the India team should go through a fairly long English County stint!

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | August 21, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    batsmen and bowlers should spend time in the county system

  • POSTED BY Unnikuttan on | August 21, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Pujara was given NOC only because he was not part of the ODI/T20/IPL teams. If he belonged to any one of these, they wouldnt have.

    Yet happy to see this initiative from Pujara. If only guys like Kohli/Aaron/Ishant etc did the same

  • POSTED BY annys on | August 21, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Gambhir, Vijay,pankaj singh,aaron,ishanth should do the same.

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | August 20, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Hope he benefits- although I have some doubts. Gautam Gambhir did not apparently benefit a lot from his stint with Essex. But experience is experience. Sachin, Dravid, Kumble, Srinath, Azhar, Zaheer all played county cricket and all had fantastic records in England- although we may note that the current English attack is the strongest ever after Botham & Willis

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Hoping for better show at least in county Cricket

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    India should send some promising pacers to play county cricket too. Zaheer Khan became a wicket taking bowler after his stint with county cricket.

  • POSTED BY Roshan_P on | August 20, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Finally someone has taken steps to improve their Test game overseas. This is just what India needed and it shows Pujara cares more about Test matches than making a quick buck in the IPL, assuming he will continue it for more seasons. Hopefully the likes of Vijay, Kohli (although I doubt it), Rahane and KL Rahul follow his lead.

  • POSTED BY Peakfan on | August 23, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    He's coming to Derbyshire...

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    Pujara, I know you will prove yourself!!! You did well, but sometimes if your opening pair is inconsistent like this time, and whole team is under-performing, can harm your batting as well.. Capitalize each and every moment of your County Season, it can turn you around one of the most famous Test Cricket Batsman in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Sensible decision by Pujara and equally sensible by BCCI for giving quick consent. But, why Pujara alone; every one in the India team should go through a fairly long English County stint!

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | August 21, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    batsmen and bowlers should spend time in the county system

  • POSTED BY Unnikuttan on | August 21, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Pujara was given NOC only because he was not part of the ODI/T20/IPL teams. If he belonged to any one of these, they wouldnt have.

    Yet happy to see this initiative from Pujara. If only guys like Kohli/Aaron/Ishant etc did the same

  • POSTED BY annys on | August 21, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Gambhir, Vijay,pankaj singh,aaron,ishanth should do the same.

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | August 20, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Hope he benefits- although I have some doubts. Gautam Gambhir did not apparently benefit a lot from his stint with Essex. But experience is experience. Sachin, Dravid, Kumble, Srinath, Azhar, Zaheer all played county cricket and all had fantastic records in England- although we may note that the current English attack is the strongest ever after Botham & Willis

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Hoping for better show at least in county Cricket

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    India should send some promising pacers to play county cricket too. Zaheer Khan became a wicket taking bowler after his stint with county cricket.

  • POSTED BY Roshan_P on | August 20, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Finally someone has taken steps to improve their Test game overseas. This is just what India needed and it shows Pujara cares more about Test matches than making a quick buck in the IPL, assuming he will continue it for more seasons. Hopefully the likes of Vijay, Kohli (although I doubt it), Rahane and KL Rahul follow his lead.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 20, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Hope it works out for Pujara, and that Leicester try and sign him for a full 2015 season. While its only going to be 5/6 games, It might help him regain form and confidence a head of the Australia tour in October/November.

    Of all the players in the Indian team he was the one I was looking forward to watching in the UK after the 2012 series in india.

  • POSTED BY roversgate on | August 20, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    This is impressive, especially in light of the fact that by staying and playing in county cricket, he is giving up a chance to join KXIP in the Champion's League that goes on in September.

    The board should be doing more to accommodate this rather than have players make the decision like this.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Now if only he could play at Durham for a year...he has the talent and he might finally have the experience to fill Dravid's lofty boots.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Finally, somebody made an attempt to go back to the basics. A great decision. We hope Pujara to bounce back in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    This is a step towards right direction, be it a bit late. BCCI is destroying Indian players by refusing them permission to play in tourneys organized by other countries. I guess, chickens are coming home roots.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Makes sense. I think our board must let more players play for various counties and only let them play test cricket but remember to pay them well.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | August 20, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    It is like coming back to senses after all is lost...

  • POSTED BY baskar_guha on | August 20, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Would like to see the Indians play for northern england counties where the tracks are fast ... will help them in Australia

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    We don't even know that a county has accepted him.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | August 20, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Pujara strikes me as one of the more deep-thinking Indian tourists (along with Ravi Ashwin). This initiative of his also speaks of his desire to become a more accomplished Test batsman by accepting that he has a weakness against the swinging and seaming ball. He is therefore to be applauded for recognising the problem and taking steps to address it. Would that all Indian players showed the same sense of responsibility! Perhaps other will follow his lead. They should have every encouragement to do so. Sangakarra spent a few weeks with Durham at the beginning of the year and that paid off handsomely in the two Tests v England! In my book such personal initiatives fall under a good heading; it's called Being Professional. CP deserves to succeed.

  • POSTED BY dhoni_sachin_fan on | August 20, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Pujara is given permission, but not Uthappa? He is not picked for the one day side either.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | August 20, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    More Indian batsmen and bowlers need to be doing this year on year

  • POSTED BY himanshu.team on | August 20, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    playing county cricket will help him for sure. Though I don't think the time is enough he will play a maximum of 3 - 4 matches that too in the second division.

    But still, something is better than nothing. If the attack is not very potent, he should look to get back to scoring big hundreds and double hundreds

  • POSTED BY Andre2 on | August 20, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Pujara should have played a few matches BEFORE the series, not after ... like Phil Hughes + another Australian did laast time before the Ashes ! If Leicestershire (last in the 2nd division) starts to win matches, then the other teams will say that the addition of a very good player is unfair for the whole competition, particularly Hampshire (match vs Leics on Aug 31st) and Essex (match vs Leics on Sept. 15th) - both teams who are competing for promotion to 1st division. So unfair move for the good regularity of the competion. And last, but not least, I hope that BCCI will accpet gracefully that English players play in Ranji trophy the next time England is touring India, to get acclimatized to Indian conditions and wickets ! So far, BCCI have always refused such moves !

  • POSTED BY T-800 on | August 20, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Well, better late than never. Always nice to see this kind of commitment.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Pujara is a good player (you don't score 150 against the South African attack in South Africa without being a good player) short on confidence, and unsure of how to play swing bowling. Playing county cricket after the series might be a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted (it's unfortunate for both England and India cricketers that the IPL and the start of the county season coincide), but it can only be a good move long term. I'd like to see Virat Kohli play county cricket too. It didn't do Rahul Dravid or Sachin Tendulkar any harm.

  • POSTED BY mksood on | August 20, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    About Time. The more experience he gets the better it will be for test cricket. We don't want to see thrashings in test matches we want to see hard fought test matches.

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | August 20, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Another thing which Indians should learn to correct is not to have run outs in the test cricket. Gautam Gambhir is a very fidgety runner, and whenever he is in the team either he himself will get run out (like in Oval) or get someone else run out. For example in 2012 Kolkata test against England in the first innings he got Sehwag run out, and triggered a small collapse, and in the second innings he got Pujara run out and triggered a big collapse leading to eventual defeat of team India. I wonder how many times Gambhir has got his partners needlessly run out in the test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    The likes of Pujara and Kohli have been found wanting against the moving ball. Pujara is not exactly a new kid on the block. Remember, he played his first test in 2010. He has been in the fringes of the Indian team since 2009. So, it took all 5 years for him to find out about a weakness. It also speaks about our bench strength that he is on top of the pecking order and there is no one pushing him for a slot in the test team.

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | August 20, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    As someone else has also pointed out, Dhoni has never played county cricket, yet he was able to do well as a batter in this series by making subtle changes in his technique. So why can't Pujara and Kohli do the same? They would have seen their dismissals on the TV, so why couldn't they change their game so as not to repeat the same mistakes. It is not just playing in England which is problematic for them. In 2012 series at home when England came visiting, the same set of stars were taken apart by Anderson right at home in Eden Garden, Calcultta. They were simply not able to handle his swing even in home conditions. So it is the swing which is problem and not whether the match is held in India or England.

  • POSTED BY binkuvarghese88 on | August 20, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    U are late CP15, you should have done this before Jul 9th

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | August 20, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    County cricket will help him, at best, bat properly in England. But Pujara will not be coming to England to play test cricket for another four years (assuming that he survives in the team till that time), so what is the urgency behind this move? He should have done this before the England tour considering the fact that he is not a star IPL player, and he is not in the ODI team either. I think this move is more for personal reasons so that he can stay active in cricket, instead of sitting idle at home, and doing nothing. Another thing is: given he and Kohli were getting dismissed in the same manner, he and Kohli look like walking wickets in English conditions. So which county would pay him money to have him in their team? Of course, Pujara, like all Indian cricketers is ultra-rich, so he can volunteer to play for free (this is something Zaheer Khan did a few years back) for some county. But, having a walking wicket for free in the team, why would one do it?

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    shouldn't he have done it before the start of the series?????

  • POSTED BY mrpaneesh1 on | August 20, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    It is a good news BCCI has got back some sense after the humliation hope more india players play in county cricket to improve their technique.

  • POSTED BY sray23 on | August 20, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    This is just window dressing. Players like Kohli and Pujara need to play whole seasons of county cricket to improve (not just the last month when pitches are not really seaming like at the start of season). And whole season of county means skipping IPL. Lets see if BCCI actually allows that....

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Pujara's batting has no effects from captain & coach.Pujara is short of confidence,It can hamper him,she should have spent some time in India because Pujara is a complete batsman but there are some flaws in his technique,Batting is all about customed to your abilities and how much time you have and you can always judge the length if you have time.Problem comes,you have good swing where bowl moves more than 5-6 inches.Pujara has time but he is not customed to that technique which can make him fluent.No,he will never be fluent in English Conditions and he is not like Dravid,Dravid was technically very correct,he was master of correct technique thats why he use to cover the swing with right technique,his technique was blessed in other words.Pujara is a different batsman.Compare the videos of two,you will see completely different.If pujara will depend on stroke play in India,If in mind you are looking to hit four then every Indian will fail.Mark the bowls which you want to hit.Block.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    This is very welcome news. The other top order batsmen would do well to follow suit. The bowlers, similarly, should also look for opportunities to play County cricket. Nothing rounds off a cricketer's training as well as County cricket experience.

  • POSTED BY MartinC on | August 20, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Good to see at least one of the young Indian batsman taking the initiative to improve his technique and focus on the longer forms of the game.

  • POSTED BY Dilmah82 on | August 20, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    This is a good move by BCCI as good experience for him but would have been more useful before the Test series like say Kumar Sangakarra did with Durham instead of after a 5 Test series. He shouldn't be drained physically, but mentally he might be. Hope he gets something out of this stint

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 20, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Let's hope Pujara has a positive experience and more young Indian players follow his example. The Indian batsmen's lack of technique when the ball was swinging and there were slips there to catch it was obvious.

    Pujara is very talented and if he gets the right coaching and experience he will be a better player.

  • POSTED BY PeerieTrow on | August 20, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    @Dileep Krishnan: You say, "ECB should deny him as revenge to Eng players' omission from IPL." Your logic completely eludes me, appearing as it does, both churlish and childish.

    1. You seem to be under some delusion that a high proportion of English cricket's administration and support cares what happens in the IPL. In my experience not many have any interest in this small, if lucrative for some, foreign, domestic competition.

    2. The ECB has a great interest in the ongoing success of test cricket, and as such should be willing to embrace players from the subcontinent who want to gain experience of playing in different conditions.

    3. The softening of the BCCI approach, close on the back of Ravi Shastri being appointed, should be welcomed provided such placements aren't detrimental to the development of English talent.

    Good luck to Pujara. Having players of his ability over here will be preferable to having aging test players of whatever country silting up the counties.

  • POSTED BY nursery_ender on | August 19, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    I'm not sure that facing second division CC bowling will help that much. It's a big fall off in quality from Woakes and Jordan, never mind Anderson and Broad.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | August 19, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Playing for a county does not guarantee success while playing outside of Eng,or in Eng even ar in case of Gambhir.For eg. Dhoni is biggest Ind IPL batting star,limited over cricket is his strength.But he topped Ind batting avg. in series,with worst tech.!

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | August 19, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    How about sending a bowler to play county cricket for a change.. likes of Varun Aaron or Umesh yadav....

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | August 19, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    So a struggling ,bottom of the heap in 2nd division have sought a struggling o/s batsman to improve their fortunes.Hope it turns out better,for both than it did in handful of games Pujara played in IPL when Kings 11 had him as their opener!

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | August 19, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    Though he deserves credit for it,Pujara is also lucky he is not part of limited overs ckt.In a way his limited ability,lack of talent in strokeplay coming to his benefit!But it is left to be seen how struggling Leicester or Pujara self benefit from it.

  • POSTED BY Westmorlandia on | August 19, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    A very classy reaction to India's defeat. You can see why he's made it this far.

    Looking forward to India's next tour already!

  • POSTED BY allysvalley on | August 19, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    Murali vijay should follow suit.Ishwar pandey can play county even if it for the second elevens as exosure would be invaluable.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Great step from pujara. vijay should definitely do the same. Another opportunity would be to play a couple of months for some lower division Australian league also. Will set them up for the Aus series. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    I will be interesting to see if he finds a place in the eleven. He needs two play a couple of seasons before he will produce results.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | August 19, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Great initiative. Out of the current Indian lineup, this is the only player who has the hunger and potential to replace the likes of Tendulkar and Dravid. Pujara understands that Test Cricket is what you are most remembered by and not IPL/ODI exploits. A lot better than Dhoni saying "Stop being jealous of the IPL" when asked whether he should concentrate more on Test cricket rather than the IPL.

  • POSTED BY Robin292 on | August 19, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    Hey Cheteshwar..if you're reading this..come to Lancs. My son who was waving the " I love Pujara " note at your coach window at Old Trafford, would love that. He plays proper cricket and you're proper. ps.thanks for making the effort to acknowledge him and giving him the thumbs up. ps. Leicestershire aining at the Asian community?What's that? Indian origin may support Pujara but no one of Pakistani origin will come to watch the Indian players..why would they??

  • POSTED BY Ragpad on | August 19, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Pujara is a budding, but a decent player; he has "proper" cricket strokes, and he watches the ball closely (only while batting, not while fielding!). He just needs a good coach and a strong captain (which Dhoni is not, despite that he does have some good skills - but insufficient to surmount his vast shortcomings) to mentor him. Rahane is also a good cricketer, but needs to chock his straight-drive urges. At bottom, I feel that the entire Indian coaching staff should be demolished and built anew with the best talent that Indians can get. That may just very well be a pipe dream. Shame on India and the goddamn Indian cricketers!

  • POSTED BY northumbriannomad on | August 19, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Excellent development. He wants to learn. Good for him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 19, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Leicestershire need a strike bowler not a batsman. Nathan Buck is the leading bowler and he's averaging over 30, Shreck's averaging nearly 40. Naik was tipped for test team earlier this year, he's taken 15 wickets at 75! On the other hand the batters are doing OK, it's bowlers who win matches and Leics have struggled to bowl sides out for a couple of years.

  • POSTED BY pritpalpabla on | August 19, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Pujara is lucky that he is playing as a specialist test batsman otherwise the amount of cricket all these Indian cricketers play, it's impossible to be part of any type of overseas county cricket. Previously Gauti had opportunity to play but at that time he was free from International cricket. So hopefully Pujara will make best use of this which will help him in Australia.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 19, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    This is definitely a good move by Pujara. There is no doubt that he is a highly talented and skilled individual. And this move has additionally proven that he acknowledges he has a problem and is prepared to fix it. Hoping the rest of the guys like Kohli, Dhawan man-up like him. These players should leave the IPL.

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | August 19, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    I was harshly critical about Pujara. I applaud the attitude and commitment of the player wanting to improve following a poor series. He did right to play county cricket. I hope other players consider playing county not ipl. He has set a good example.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 19, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    I get it. Bottom placed team trying to get washed up no.3 coming off an abysmal performance in the same conditions. This combination would they both stay where they are.

  • POSTED BY udayduvvuru on | August 19, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    As much as the world needs IPL,India needs county cricket.A smart and positive move by Pujara.Hope guys with test potential including bowlers and wicketkeepers follow the suit.These should make them better prepared for overseas condtions.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    A bit of good news at last from the Indian camp, after that Lord's win that seems to have happened an age ago.......

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    @Dileep Krishnan "ECB should deny him as revenge to Eng players' omission from IPL ". Actually, I think the problem in England is the other way round - the authorities have not been keen on English players going into the IPL auction and being available for the whole IPL season, as it overlaps with the start of the English season. Some players have been denied permission by their counties in the past, I think. Whether English players who do go into the auction are then bought or not is another matter!

  • POSTED BY vishalthakkar22 on | August 19, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    very good move, though too little too late for him and India. Virat Kohli who was touted to break Sachin's record and who has no doubt among the best talent in the world should take a leaf out of Pujara's book and decide what he wants to focus on and be remebered as. playing IPL and CL,,,is that what his dream was or to play for India and win games and perhaps captain the side? Michael Clarke does not play T20 or IPL. Lehmann focusses on coaching Aus team and strategizing during breaks. One must FOCUS to succeed.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @Collegefastbowler, totally agree, not sure what he was intending to tell? that hez the one who makes decisions?

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    As Cricket fan I realy requested indian board that they should allow there players to play in county because u [lay every 3 year with them it will always help them especially ur test lads such as vijay pujara saha ojha please i didnt want my neghbour country lose like my own country and please get rid of duncan fletcher and put your money in any special bowling coach such as Glen macgrath Wasim Akram Shaun pollock usse them out of ipl please even m.asif can teach them better

  • POSTED BY Lets-bash-others on | August 19, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Since next year he will be free as he doesn't play IPL much.. He should try to get maximum matches there.. If not now may be next year he may get a good team/county to play for...

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    I wd like to point out still that Pujara looked the most comfortable Indian batsman ..sure off his off stump....its only that his vechnique n footwork is too good that he doesnot need to move his backleg anywhere in world except in ENGLAND...where the ball does too much..VVS Laxman had same problem and he once famouysly said that "I looked comfortable, was baating well and suddenly something happens with ball"...regarding these lines its important to refer it to what Dalke Steyn said about Pujara on his Best delivery of series" Yes that delivery to that player...A VERY GOOD YOUNG BATSMAN"...thats was the best ball of the series in SA that got Pujara out.....it pains me that people forget that evrytime he has ben coming in less than 10 overs n got bunched with VIRAAT KOHLI who looked completelyunfit to play test series in ENGLAND....Viraat failed in WI, Aus, against Eng at home.....so please wait Pujara is class apart.....sometimes we must appreciate the work done by Anderson n Broad

  • POSTED BY Collegefastbowler on | August 19, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    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," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI from Vadodara.

    Perhaps the choice of words was not appropriate but such applications are to be considered by the Board under the applicable rules and guidelines in force and are not to be decided as per the personal discretion of any one person. The choice of words is inappropriate.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Its a good sign for pujara improve his batting ability in English condition. Even he is not offered any substantial amount of money, he should try to play few matches. Even for free Look what kumar Sangakkara did, came to England before the season started, played few matches for Durham, scored runs and in the test matches he scored a hundred plus few more runs, more than indian super star players who scored in all 5 tests.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Play any division. objective its to get used to playing condition and the wicket. But this should have happened last year. Wonder when is the next england tour and will he survive till then. Potential players who are likely to play test for india in england should have played in England one year before

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    I would like to thank BCCI for allowing Pujara to play county cricket. Hope, other Indian players follow Pujara's footsteps.

  • POSTED BY Damian123 on | August 19, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    "I have decided to allow him to play," BCCI secretary. It looks like BCCI is yet a one man show, even in the absence of Siri!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 19, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    all the best pujara. hope at least you can make the difference without ipl in your life. indian fans desperately want to see a change in batting. good luck

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | August 19, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Excellent decision by Pujara. Makes him more endearing. Succeed or fail, you have to give it your 100%. That is what he is trying to do. If Pujara fails even after this, then at least we all know he gave his 100% and there was nothing else he could do. We can then at least rest at ease that this what his talent is and feel proud about him for trying his best. All the best Pujara. You have my support as long as you take the right decisions, this is one such decision that will keep you in good stead; and in elite company if you succeed.

  • POSTED BY Mann123 on | August 19, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Even if a major country do not offer him contract, there is enough 2nd grade cricket teams that would love to have him. Agree the bowling won't be of the same class as he faced in tests but still would help him fine tune his techniique in these conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Praiseworthy sentiments from Pujara, but given the stage of the season and his form, I can't see any county wishing to sign him if they have a short term vacancy.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Why crucify this Indian Team? With all the stalwarts in the team, did we fare any better in 2011? .Atleast this team won a test at Lords! It will be great if the BCCI can use its influence and help top Indian batsmen to get places in English county sides instead of being childish and using its money power to stop implementing something like the DRS . I can't see many English counties doling out a lot of money to employ any of the current set of Indian cricketers as professionals. So, maybe , the board would have to pay up to secure slots forthem but that would be money well spent! So also can we secure some slots for a Pujara, Kohli,Rahane, Vijay etc... in some of the Australian State sides in the Sheffield cup? Atleast then they will develop competence to play on seaming and bouncing tracks.If not we can forget this debacle and rejoice when we win on square turners or flat wickets at home and start crying again when we are in Australia or England!

  • POSTED BY ak928 on | August 19, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    hope he can do something different.....rather than just pilling up runs on flat indian pitches.....he failed in eng and nz against quality wickets and bowlers..........lets see if there is some hope left..

  • POSTED BY YoBro on | August 19, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Here's a guy who's showing the desire to play Test cricket. Won't hurt him one bit. Stalwarts that played the game for India before him have done just the same. So this is a great career boosting decision by Pujara.

  • POSTED BY Vaughanographic on | August 19, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    First, one has to assume that a county actually wants to take Pujara? After all those failures, and likes of players like Ashwell Prince still doing well in the championships, it would be rather ironic if he does not actually get signed up.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | August 19, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    @Mr_Anonymous. Actually it's not if someone is interested in playing country cricket. It's the other way round. It's the counties who recruit the players. The players you mentioned can play county cricket only if counties make them an offer to play.

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | August 19, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Step in the right direction. Even SRT early in his career signed up with Yorkshire. It's not just getting used to English conditions. Since county cricket has players from all over the world, there's a chance a player will end up playing against some up and coming bowlers from Aus, SA, Pak etc. similar to the international exposure in IPL.

    As far as I can recall, each of SRT, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Zaheer played county cricket. If Dhoni had a stint with county cricket early on, who knows he would have been a much better batsman today. Hope more players follow suit, especially Rohit, Kohli and to some extent Rahane.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 19, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    a true fighter indeed....dravid,ganguly both played in county for at least one season....and i hope pujara and other future test probabels opt for county instead of IPL....

  • POSTED BY bahuguna on | August 19, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Should he not be playing in Australia now? I personally think our frontline batsmen should start touring Australia to play in domestic circuit, and get used to the bounce and conditions. I doubt if practising in England will lep our players in Australia. Let India A or U-19 team face West Indies at home

  • POSTED BY mautan on | August 19, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    @ AFanOfGoodCricket...thats what stood out for me too..'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," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI from Vadodara.' wow wow wow....how about he sought 'our i.e BCCI permission? And 'we' gave him permission. If this Patel can say this, wonder how powerful Srini must be feeling in his position!!!! SAD!

  • POSTED BY Dysan25 on | August 19, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Great Move !!! .. Hope he gets to play lot of games and score lot of runs ..

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | August 19, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    A very welcome decision by Pujara. However it would have been much better if he can play in Australia, as we have a TEST series to be played as well as the world cup. He has dedication and determination and with his penchant for hardwork, he should emerge a better player. Good luck Pujara!

  • POSTED BY ishaan1997 on | August 19, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    This shows his determination to perform for the country. Hope he becomes a better batsman. Also I am sure, rahane will also go, he and pujara are the most determined cricketers in India. Rahane should also be groomed as test cricketer, so that at least we have two solid rocks in our batting lineup

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    It's a sad day when a player has to make a request from a board whose job it is to make such arrangements. I suppose Pujara will also have to find a county by himself, and good ole BCCI will at some stage give their blessings.

    This is the same board that only 2-3 years ago blocked Laxman and Chawla playing for counties because they *MAY* be required for international duty. Laxman had been out of the limited overs set up for a considerable time and India had no Test engagement at the time, he had already enjoyed one successful season with Lancashire but was prevented from continuing. Chawla could only benefit from playing FC cricket in England, he was nowhere near the intl team but still they blocked him.

    Now, the BCCI will enjoy praise from the gullible fans for their revolutionary moves. Gosh, I wish I had a job with the BCCI, you get paid to sleep.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | August 19, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    India should allow it's players to play in other FC competitions. Even they should allow them play in t20 leagues. Imagine likes of Yousuf Pathan or Kedar Yadav playing different leagues. It will be huge advantage for team India.

    BCCI should start looking beyond money. They should try building team for all conditions. Just encourage test aspirants to play county or shield cricket.

    Similarly they should allow players to take part in other t20 leagues. Will it decrease shine of IPL? may be.Will it make players better? Surely

  • POSTED BY Sir_Ivor on | August 19, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    I am not sure how many games he will get though I hope he gets some in typically English weather. He could make his game more rounded and be the player we all expect him to be. I wonder which county he proposes to join. The thing is that there are very few players of the class of Anderson and Broad when playing in England. So we just have to wait and see. Hopefully he will get a couple of full seasons from here on. His level of dedication and commitment is hard to come by,

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Think it isnt the right move unless Notts, Yorkshire or Warwickshire picks him up .The thing is the only place no 3 is vacant is in division 2 and playing in division is not as good as not playing at all.Apart from that it could completely break him as player if he doesnt get descent runs our those frailties plague him back again, since only 4 FC games are remaining

  • POSTED BY Mr_Anonymous on | August 19, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    If any of the following are interested in playing county cricket (and don't have any ODI or T20 engagements) the same courtesy needs to be extended to them as well: Murali Vijay, Naman Ojha, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwari, Unmukt Chand, Vijay Zol, others?

    Rayudu potentially also could be included although I think he is in the ODI squad. I don't see why he could not join after the ODI series though.

    I think we need to have a clear idea of who from the Indian Team is interested in Test Cricket (in the long-term). It seems to me that Pujara is. Who else though?

    It is time to start identifying and grooming a few Indian cricketers to specialize in Test cricket who should not be considered for regular bilateral ODI games (maybe make an exception for a World Cup like major tournament). It maybe hard to find them since many youngsters prefer the shorter formats. However, I think grooming 5-10 such cricketers should be possible. Ofcourse, for financial reasons they can still play in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 19, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    now that's a man who wants to improve... really he deserves to be made the test captain ... I don't think he has a technical issue around off stump ; more a psychological impact ... hope he plays some good knocks abroad and does well on the next tour.. all the best puj

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    The only thing left for Pujara to make himself the best test batsman was this. Great decision by him and the benefit of it to him and the team will be massive. Hope Gambhir, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit also follow suit.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Good to see such initiatives taken from star players!!

  • POSTED BY pvwadekar on | August 19, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Atleast Pujara is showing some initiative and being proactive about fixing the problems with his batting. Let's hope that Rahane,Rohit and Virat can also take some hints and try and play some county cricket to improve their games

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Brilliant step. Well done, Pujara and BCCI. Murali Vijay, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Bhuvi, and Ashwin need to play too, whenever free. Its as important as anything.

  • POSTED BY CRam on | August 19, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    We should have at least 5 batsmen across the young Test and the India A and Under 25's playing county cricket to make them better batsmen. And, we should have some pacy wickets in India to help others.

  • POSTED BY AFanOfGoodCricket on | August 19, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Whats about the "I gave permission"? This I guess is the biggest problem. Too much power in a few administrator's hands who know nothing about cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Excellent decision by the player, the entire team needs to consider getting experience in english conditions to improve

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    ECB should deny him as revenge to Eng players' omission from IPL

  • POSTED BY jsnaurvi on | August 19, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    thats good move.. every year 2-3 players should be playing county cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    It took a drubbing in a series we should have won after the second test for the BCCI to get up off of its back side..

  • POSTED BY onceanhour on | August 19, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Sensible move by Pujara, you dont get experience without getting your hands dirty and he will only become better as he experience it, good luck

    I always thought Dhoni was matured and is in many ways he is but his comment on dont be jealous of IPL after loosing so badly and knowing the batting flaws makes feel sad for him, no one is asking not to Play IPL but if they really want to be a great player kholi, pujara, dhavan, rohit etc should play county cricket to pick up their game. and also the favorable conditions presented to batsman in terms of small grounds, restrictions of field placing in T20 should change to improve their technique , there are things beyond money and great players know that..

    Cheers Onceanhour

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Even gambhir played few county matches before this series but he has been dismal and looked uneasy in the middle.. anyways hope pujara has a good stint in his county matches and rectifies his technical flaws..

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Finally BCCI waking up......

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  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Finally BCCI waking up......

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Even gambhir played few county matches before this series but he has been dismal and looked uneasy in the middle.. anyways hope pujara has a good stint in his county matches and rectifies his technical flaws..

  • POSTED BY onceanhour on | August 19, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Sensible move by Pujara, you dont get experience without getting your hands dirty and he will only become better as he experience it, good luck

    I always thought Dhoni was matured and is in many ways he is but his comment on dont be jealous of IPL after loosing so badly and knowing the batting flaws makes feel sad for him, no one is asking not to Play IPL but if they really want to be a great player kholi, pujara, dhavan, rohit etc should play county cricket to pick up their game. and also the favorable conditions presented to batsman in terms of small grounds, restrictions of field placing in T20 should change to improve their technique , there are things beyond money and great players know that..

    Cheers Onceanhour

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    It took a drubbing in a series we should have won after the second test for the BCCI to get up off of its back side..

  • POSTED BY jsnaurvi on | August 19, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    thats good move.. every year 2-3 players should be playing county cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    ECB should deny him as revenge to Eng players' omission from IPL

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Excellent decision by the player, the entire team needs to consider getting experience in english conditions to improve

  • POSTED BY AFanOfGoodCricket on | August 19, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Whats about the "I gave permission"? This I guess is the biggest problem. Too much power in a few administrator's hands who know nothing about cricket.

  • POSTED BY CRam on | August 19, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    We should have at least 5 batsmen across the young Test and the India A and Under 25's playing county cricket to make them better batsmen. And, we should have some pacy wickets in India to help others.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Brilliant step. Well done, Pujara and BCCI. Murali Vijay, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Bhuvi, and Ashwin need to play too, whenever free. Its as important as anything.