Prime News, International, National, Cricket, New Delhi, May 4:- Indian skipper Virat Kohli has signed a deal with top English county side Surrey ahead of England Test tour later this summer, meaning he will miss his country’s inaugural Test match against Afghanistan, starting in Bengaluru on June 14.
Surrey County Cricket Club officially announced their deal with Kohli on Thursday on their website www.kiaoval.com.
“Surrey County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of India captain Virat Kohli for the month of June,” the club announced on their website www.kiaoval.com.
“It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season,” said Kohli. “I can’t wait to get to The Oval (Surrey’s home ground),” the ICC website quoted the 29-year-old, as saying.
Kohli will play English domestic cricket in the lead-up to India’s five-Test series.
Kohli will become the fourth Indian Test player in English county cricket this season, with Ishant Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara preparing for the series against England at Sussex and Yorkshire respectively, while Varun Aaron, who played the last of his nine Test matches in 2015, is representing Leicestershire.
Alec Stewart, former England captain and now Surrey’s director of cricket, said: “We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June. Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players who will have the opportunity to learn so much from him.
“At a time when there is much discussion around the future of county cricket, the arrival of Kohli should give our domestic game a massive boost and positive exposure around the cricketing world which in turn can benefit every county.”
Kohli is expected to make his debut for Surrey on June 1 in a One-Day Cup fixture against Kent at Beckenham, and there are at least two further 50-over matches as well as three four-day County Championship games during his time with the club. -(Inputs: Agencies, NGB)