India captain Virat Kohli has singed with Surrey County Cricket Club for three four-day matches from June 9 to 28. He will miss the historic Afghanistan Test in Bengaluru in the same month.
“Virat (Kohli) will be playing for a division one county side for sure. I wouldn’t like to add anything more to it. There were talks with Surrey and Essex,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
England has been struggle for Kohli. This time he wants to show good performance for India in five Tests against England which begins in August. So he prefers county cricket ahead of the mighty series. He will be the first Indian to join Surrey.
India will host Afghanistan’s maiden Test match from June 14 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Skipper Kohli has decided to skip the march and play in England. He will play against Hampshire, Somerset and Yorkshire.
Kohli will not only miss Afghanistan Test but will also miss two T20Is against Ireland on 27th and 29th June
Veteran VVS Laxman has showered praise on Kohli’s decision. He tweeted, “Virat Kohli ‘s decision to play County cricket before the England series shows his drive and commitment to achieve excellence. I am sure not only him, but Team India will do exceedingly well in the England series. Best wishes!”
Meanwhile, India’s premier Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is also set to extend his stay with Yorkshire club which means he will also miss Afghanistan Test. If everything goes in the right way, Kohli and Pujara will face off on June 25.
India will tour England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests against England. The series will start with first T20I on July 3.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com