India's Test sensation Cheteshwar Pujara will feature in the inaugural edition of the Saurashtra Premier League (SPL), a T20 tournament, which is all set to begin here from May 14. Pujara, a Test specialist, off late has been playing in different T20 leagues, including the D Y Patil T20 Cup, which is annually held in Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra. Pujara was able to show his white ball talent in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he smashed a good amount of runs.
Pujara's availability for the SPL was informed by the Saurashtra Cricket Association through a media statement on Wednesday."Five teams are participating in this maiden SPL and now teams can select Cheteshwar Pujara for the SPL as he shall be available to play in the SPL," the statement read.
However, it hasn't been finalized as to which team he will be representing in the premier domestic tournament. On this, it was said, "The final decision about Pujara representing which team will be taken tomorrow (Thursday) in the presence of five teams owners and representative of independent auditor."
Everyone involved in SPL is immensely happy that finally Cheteshwar got the window from his commitment to county cricket at England and has expressed his availability to participate in this T20 tournament," the release added.Pujara has been India's batting mainstay in Test cricket for a while now. He has played 68 Tests and piled up 5,426 runs with 206 not out being his highest score.