Virat Kohli is gearing up for English County Championship. Now that he’s playing County Cricket, he would be skipping the 1st Test match in Bangalore which would be played against Afghanistan.
In June, Kohli would not be playing County in Surrey. On 2nd of June, Kohli has planned to return to India for Limited Overs Series against England and Ireland.
This decision has received support from BCCI. Yes, it’s fine for the Board if Kohli doesn’t play against Afghanistan. However, Shashi Tharoor is not very cool about it. He has questioned Virat Kohli’s decision.
The Congress Minister took to Twitter and made a comment on Kohli’s decision. Here’s what he wrote on Twitter;
He wrote, “So @BCCI makes its priorities clear: @imVkohli can put IPL ahead of county cricket but county cricket ahead of leading India in a Test match. Woah!”
He shared an article and also tagged BCCI in it.
Amitabh Choudhary, the acting-secretary of BCCI reacted to Shashi Tharoor’s tweet and came out in support of Virat Kohli.
“There was no intention of not to play. It was only because the English challenge is something we have to rise to, to the satisfaction of the entire cricket fraternity of this country, that Virat will abstain for the right reasons. We are giving equal importance to the Test match against Afghanistan just like we gave to the Test series that took place in June 1932. Kohli is an effectively active player and the absence of the home team’s skipper in order to favour county cricket is not act of disrespect to the opposition. Any act has to be judged by the intention which precedes it.”
Even MSK Prasad, the Chairman of Selectors said, “Kohli is going so that he comes well prepared for the England Test series”
We wish Kohli best luck for his matches.