England on mind, Virat Kohli to skip Afghan Test for Surrey stint

24 March, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Homer Porter
  • Virat Kohli

As reported by The Times of India (TOI), Surrey is scheduled to play three four-day matches between June 9 and 28 against Hampshire, Somerset and Yorkshire which Kohli is likely to make himself available for.

Kohli, widely considered to be the world's best batsman over all formats, had a disastrous series on his only previous tour of England, averaging 13 in 2014, and has long since expressed an interest in playing some county cricket to prepare for this summer.

It is understood no deal is imminent but that Surrey did make an inquiry about the possibility of signing Kohli, only to be told the prolific middle-order batsman would be unavailable on global duty elsewhere after the Indian Premier League.

Kohli is set to join Surrey in June following the IPL and this would mean that he would miss Afghanistan's historic maiden Test against India at Bangalore starting June 14.

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Kohli's inclination towards playing County cricket, however, indicates just how hungry he is to erase the blemishes from his only previous experience in England. India and England will lock horns in the first Test at Birmingham after the completion of the T20I and ODI series. "There were talks with Surrey and Essex", a senior BCCI official told PTI today. I wouldnt like to add anything more to it. India lost 4-0 on their last tour, as did England on their last tour of India.

The likes of Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane are also expected to prop up their preparations.

India will play five Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is against England starting with the first Test at Edgbaston slated to begin from August 1. "So yes, if I have the opportunity to go there a few days before the tour starts that would be great". Indian Test cricket legend VVS Laxman has hailed Kohli's decision to play county matches.

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