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Ajinkya Rahane Take U-Turn On County Stint, Decides To Take Break From Cricket

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Ajinkya Rahane was to join the county club in June but his arrival was pushed back due to increased international commitments.

Ajinkya Rahane, the seasoned Indian batsman, will not be joining the English county team Leicestershire as initially scheduled due to his desire for a break from cricket following a hectic run of international commitments, as stated by the club. Rahane, aged 35, had originally been slated to join the county side in June, but his arrival was delayed due to an increased workload in international cricket. Following the Indian Premier League (IPL), he immediately traveled to England for the World Test Championship final and then embarked on India’s Test series in the West Indies this month.

The club explained that these international obligations were not previously accounted for in Rahane’s schedule. Consequently, Rahane has communicated his wish to take a break from cricket during the months of August and September, which means he will not be available to represent Leicestershire as initially planned.

Claude Henderson, the Director of Cricket at Leicestershire, expressed understanding of Rahane’s situation and stated, “Firstly, we fully understand Ajinkya’s situation. He has had a demanding schedule in recent months, both in India and while traveling with the national team, and we respect his desire to recuperate and spend time with his family.”

Henderson further added, “We have maintained ongoing communication with Ajinkya and understand how rapidly circumstances can change in cricket. He is deeply appreciative of our understanding and still holds the hope of playing for Leicestershire in the future.”

To fill the void left by Rahane, Australian cricketer Peter Handscomb will step in. Handscomb has agreed to extend his tenure with the team and will participate in the upcoming Metro Bank One Day Cup.

Henderson noted, “Fortunately, we had anticipated a scenario like this, and we are pleased that Peter is staying on with the team. In addition to his batting and wicketkeeping skills, he brings strong leadership qualities, which are of great benefit to Lewis (Hill) and the rest of the squad in our changing room.”

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