Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian batsman, has withdrawn from playing for Leicestershire in the Royal London One-Day Cup. The 35-year-old cricketer had initially signed with the county club when his international career seemed uncertain due to not receiving a central contract from the BCCI.
However, Rahane’s remarkable comeback during the World Test Championship finale against Australia showcased his unwavering consistency, leading to his return to the national side. As he gears up for India’s upcoming tour to South Africa, he has chosen to prioritize his commitments with the national team.
Ajinkya Rahane’s return to the national side during the World Test Championship finale against Australia was triumphant. His exceptional performances in the domestic circuit and significant impact during the WTC final caught the selectors’ attention, leading to his inclusion in the Indian team again. Rahane’s unwavering dedication and consistency earned him a spot in the playing XI.
Having secured a deal with Leicestershire, Rahane’s international future initially appeared uncertain due to the absence of a central contract from the BCCI. However, with his remarkable performances, Rahane’s situation changed, and he again received the opportunity to represent India. Consequently, he has decided to withdraw from playing for Leicestershire to focus on his commitments with the national team.
Claude Henderson, the director of cricket at Leicestershire, completely understood Rahane’s decision to withdraw from the Royal London One-Day Cup. He acknowledged Rahane’s hectic schedule in India and with the national team and his desire to recover and spend time with his family. While Rahane will not be playing for Leicestershire, the club remains open to his involvement in the future.
He said, “We fully understand Ajinkya’s situation. He has experienced a hectic schedule in recent months, both in India and traveling with the national team, and we accept his wishes to recover and spend some time with his family. We have been in constant communication with Ajinkya. He is extremely grateful for our understanding and hopes to play for Leicestershire one day.”
With India’s upcoming tour to South Africa, Ajinkya Rahane is now focused on securing his spot in the playing XI. The competition for places in the team is set to intensify, with players like KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer also vying for positions. Rahane’s experience, consistency, and match-winning ability will be crucial assets as he competes for a spot in the starting lineup.