Kohli might play India ‘A’ game

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 May 2018 11:10:51


INDIA captain Virat Kohli is keeping all options open with regards to his preparation for the England tour and could well be seen playing India A’s four-day ‘Test’ against England Lions at Worcester, if situation demands.While there was some confusion with the dates of India’s two T20 games against Ireland (June 27 and 29) clashing with Kohli’s last county game for Surrey against Yorkshire at Scarborough (June 25 to 28), it is learnt that the skipper wants to keep all options open.While there are reports that Kohli might complete his county commitments and then take a five-hour journey from Scarborough to Dublin to play the second T20I, there is a possibility that he might skip the Yorkshire game and play both the games against Ireland.

“The situation is pretty fluid right now. There is an arrangement with Surrey which allows Virat to honour his national commitment. So if he gets sufficient match time in the first two games, we might see him skipping the Yorkshire match and play both T20Is. But then there is no guarantee of English weather,” a senior BCCI office-bearer told PTI on condition of anonymity. “If weather plays spoilsport in the first two games (Hampshire and Somerset), then obviously, he will play against Yorkshire,” he added.While playing the four-day games are important, the BCCI doesn’t want to overlook the fact that too much of First-Class cricket before the Test series might take a toll on his body as there are two limited overs series preceding it.