Team India captain Virat Kohli is mulling over his options for the summer ahead, and is likely to pick the two-match T20I series in Ireland over his third cricket match for the county team Surrey. The development came to the fore after the Team India selectors included the 29-year-old for the games despite of the dates clashing with Virat Kohli County Cricket stint for Surrey.
Virat Kohli Surrey match dates clash with Team India’s T20I series against Ireland
Earlier this month, Virat Kohli Surrey campaign was confirmed by the team, owing to which the India captain was scheduled to play for the English county side for the whole of June. The dates for India’s T20I tour in Ireland (June 27 and 29) are now clashing with Kohli’s Surrey match against Yorkshire, which is from June 25 to 28. The BCCI, however, clarified that there was no commitment from Virat Kohli to play all the three games for Surrey, and could play the T20Is against Ireland without violating Virat Kohli county cricket deal.
As reported by ESPN, the BCCI officials are currently holding talks with the concerned authorities in England to resolve the Virat Kohli Surrey issue amicably. It might not be that a difficult task to convince Surrey because they are already believed to be taking flak from former England players for providing the explosive batsman Kohli match-practice in England, ahead of India’s tour against them in July.
Surrey wants Virat Kohli to play for them first
The general opinion in the BCCI is that if Kohli gets enough opportunity in the first two games of Virat Kohli county cricket campaign, the priority for him will be the two T20Is in Ireland. Should weather or other factors prevent him from getting quality time to bat in the first two matches, then Kohli might stay back and play in Scarborough. Surrey, on the other hand, hold the opinion that Kohli will miss the first T20I against Ireland, play in Scarborough, and then make it for India’s second T20I against Ireland on the next day.
Team India are also being reported to having a flexible plan to carry out their preparations for the Test series. An India A tour of England has been organised in June before the Tests, and although no Test cricketers were named in the A squad, the option remains open to them, including Virat Kohli, should they want more time to get adjusted to the conditions. India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said they had a discussion with the team management and India A coach Rahul Dravid.
“Some of the Test specialists like [Wriddhiman] Saha, [Murali] Vijay, [Mohammed] Shami will play the third India A Test against West Indies A before playing the warm-up game against Essex and then the England Tests,” MSK Prasad said, as reported by ESPN.