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Dravid told ESPN cricinfo, “Well, I think there was a good opportunity and a case to allow these players play for their teams in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final. There is a gap of seven days before they play the first One-Day International (ODI) (January 19). I am sure these six could have joined the team a day or two later as it has happened earlier.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hasn’t allowed any of the six players — Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (Mumbai), Mohammed Shami (Bengal), Stuart Binny (Karnataka), Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Suresh Raina (UP) to play for their states as Indian ODI squad is flying off to New Zealand in wee hours of January 12 — which is the last day of the quarter-final.
(With inputs from AFP)
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