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TNCA accedes to BCCI’s plea, releases Natarajan from Vijay Hazare Trophy

T Natarajan is expected to feature for the Indian side in the limited-over-formats against England. The first of the five T20 internationals against England will be played on March 12 in Ahmedabad while the first ODI will take place in Pune on March 23.

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T Natarajan while bowling in a match

India’s ace-left-arm pacer T Natarajan will start afresh for the ODI series against England, as he has been released from the Tamil Nadu squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

TNCA released Natarajan from Vijay Hazare Trophy squad on BCCI’s request as the board wants him to stay fresh for the limited-overs series against England next month.

“The BCCI and the Indian team management wanted Natarajan to be fresh for the white-ball leg of the series against England. Keeping the Indian team’s interests in mind, we said yes,” Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary RS Ramasaamy told PTI on Thursday.

The Tamil Nadu chief of selectors S Vasudevan also confirmed the development and said Natarajan has been released from the Vijay Hazare Trophy squad.

T Natarajan likely to play the limited-over-format against England

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T Natarajan and Virat Kohli

Tamil Nadu, who had won just-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Ahmedabad, will include RS Jaganath Sinivas in Natarajan’s place in the 20-member Tamil Nadu squad, which will leave for Indore on February 13.

The 29-year-old was earlier included in the Tamil Nadu squad for the tournament beginning February 20.

T Natarajan made his debut in all formats- T20, ODI and Test matches when India toured to Australia in 2020.

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