The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between different city and state sides, equivalent to the County Championship in England and the Sheffield Shield in Australia. The competition is named after Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji (Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, also known as "Ranji").
Saurashtra have qualified for their first Ranji Trophy final but Cheteshwar Pujara, the mainstay of their batting, will most likely be sitting on the bench watching India play England in Dharmsala in the fifth ODI. The same goes for Rohit Sharma, who would bolster Mumbai's batting, but will be on the sidelines instead, watching others play cricket. A report in the Times of India states that both the Saurashtra Cricket Association and the Mumbai Cricket Association wrote to the BCCI and asked for the two players to be released for the final. However, both requests were turned down. The paper quotes a board official: They will be with the Indian team for the fourth and fifth one-dayers at Mohali and Dharmasala, respectively. We have never released players for domestic matches during a one-day series. It is only during Test series that we follow the rule of releasing at least three reserve players so they can get serious match practice.
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