[caption id="attachment_831794" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-831794" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Rahane_AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="353" /> India's Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane has asked the BCCI to grant him permission to play county cricket for Hampshire in the months of May, June and mid-July. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a>'s Test deputy <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ajinkya-rahane">Ajinkya Rahane</a> has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/bcci">BCCI</a>) to grant him permission to play county cricket for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/hampshire">Hampshire</a> in the months of May, June and mid-July. <p></p> <p></p>An application seeking permission has been sent by the batsman to the board and the same has been forwarded to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administration (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/coa">CoA</a>). <p></p> <p></p>As per the letter, Rahane wants to be given permission to turn out for the county team in four-day games. The letter has been forwarded by the CEO <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/rahul-johri">Rahul Johri</a> to the CoA. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that there was no reason why the batsman wouldn't be granted permission as the likes of skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> had also been given the go-ahead last year to turn up for Surrey last year. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/i-have-performed-anywhere-i-have-batted-ajinkya-rahane-816824">I have performed anywhere I have batted: Ajinkya Rahane</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"There is no reason why Rahane wouldn't be granted permission as the likes of Kohli and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/cheteshwar-pujara/">Cheteshwar Pujara</a> were also given the go-ahead. Also, Rahane isn't a part of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/2019-ICC-Cricket-World-Cup-2">World Cup</a> team, so he won't have any international commitment at that time. He wants to play four-day games and that should actually help him when he returns to play Test cricket for India after the showpiece event gets over in England and Wales," the official said. <p></p> <p></p>Pujara spent some quality time playing county cricket for Yorkshire last season when the Indian Premier League was in full flow. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cheteshwar-pujara-is-as-intense-in-the-mind-as-me-virat-kohli-791337">Cheteshwar Pujara is as intense in the mind as me: Virat Kohli</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Playing county cricket means you prepare on wickets where every ball could be the last you face in an innings. The wickets are really challenging and I love challenges. County cricket has improved me as a player," he had said of his Yorkshire stint. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2019-india-doing-grave-injustice-to-talented-and-experienced-ajinkya-rahane-dilip-vengsarkar-814036">India doing grave injustice to talented and experienced Ajinkya Rahane: Dilip Vengsarkar</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Pacer Ishant Sharma also went and plied his trade for Sussex and returned an improved bowler after training with former Australia bowler Jason Gillespie. <p></p> <p></p>"I think county has helped me a lot as it was very tiring. Bowling 300 overs in just 16 days, I played four games. But it brought a lot of control to my game. Gillespie (Sussex coach) gave me a lot of confidence. He was always supportive and gave me freedom. I was there for just two months so no technical changes, but I did work on some things which have helped," he had explained.