Virat Kohli has been part of the conversation from the time his name was making rounds for county cricket. Surrey County Cricket Club made it official last week that Indian skipper Kohli will be part of the team for the month of June. According to an announcement by the county: “India captain Virat Kohli will play for Surrey during the entire month of June.”
However, MSK Prasad led BCCI’s national selection committee on Tuesday announced that Kohli will be leading the Indian side against Ireland in the two-match T20I series. This announcement by BCCI has created confusion as it is clashing with Kohli’s county commitments. The Indian team is scheduled to play two T20Is against Ireland in Dublin on June 27 and 29.
Meanwhile, Kohli is set to play his county match for Surrey against Yorkshire at Scarborough which will be held from June 25 to 28. Despite the county matches schedule announced in advance, it was surprising to find Kohli’s name for the two-match series against Ireland.
Even the BCCI officials are not bothered by the fact that Kohli’s County commitment clashes with the international fixture. On being asked by news agency PTI, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said, “be rest assured, everything is fine,” without further explaining.
However, there has been no clarity as to what will Kohli do will he play the international fixture or he will be given a choice to play only two four-day matches during his county stint for Surrey.
“If the selectors have picked him for the Ireland T20s despite the county dates being available, it means that he will not play the game against Yorkshire. This cannot be a unilateral decision as the county contracts has been inked after much deliberation. Playing against Ireland means that he will get only two county games. It will be very interesting to know why has there been a change in Virat’s schedule if England Tests are paramount,” wondered a senior BCCI official when apprised of the situation.
Whether Surrey would agree to the new arrangement is another question to be answered because the contract was signed after a lot of deliberations.