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Pujara gets BCCI nod

Mumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara, who was among the top-order batsmen to fail to click in the five-Test series against England, which India lost 1-3, has sought permission to play in the remainder of the English County season and will be allowed to do so by the Board.

“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 said.

“We have never said ‘no’ to any player to play in County cricket if it does not clash with our domestic cricket like Ranji Trophy and so on. If you remember, we had allowed Gautam Gambhir to play in Country cricket (in 2013 for Essex),” Patel said.

Pujara (26) tallied 222 runs in 10 innings with 55 as his highest score.