India test vice-captain and batsman Ajinkya Rahane has decided that he will not play for English County side Leicestershire in the team’s upcoming domestic One Day campaign. The India batsman was about to play for the side in England’s domestic limited-overs tournament.
Rahane was about to start his campaign for Leicestershire in June but the right-hander was recalled into the test side for the World Test Championship final against Australia. The Mumbai-born was later on included in the side for the West Indies tour as he was named vice-captain.
Leicestershire club officials have said that Rahane has decided to withdraw due to an already hectic schedule. The officials further added that they understand his situation. Leicestershire Director of Cricket Claude Henderson added that they fully support Rahane’s decision to stay with his family as the right-hander has undergone a hectic schedule in the last few months travelling in India as well as with the Indian team.
Peter Handscomb replaces Ajinkya Rahane
Claude Henderson also stated that he had a discussion with Rahane on this as in modern-day cricket such situations arise quickly. He stated that Rahane was thankful to him as well as other club officials for understanding his situation and further added that he hopes to play for the club one day.
Meanwhile, Australian batsman Peter Handscomb will be playing in place of Rahane. He had earlier played for Leicestershire’s second-division team.
“Thankfully, we had planned for a situation like this, and we are delighted Peter is staying on with the team. He brings many qualities alongside his batting and wicketkeeping, including strong leadership, which is a massive help to Lewis (Hill) and the rest of the guys in our changing room,” the Director quoted.