Kohli signs for English county Surrey; to miss Test against Afghanistan

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli will play for Surrey on a short-term deal which will see him play three one-day matches and three County Championship matches in June.

"It has always 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.

It has caused a search for extra seating, a spike in County Championship interest and Indian cricket fans to look up where Surrey is.

"It has always 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", Kohli told the club's website.

Surrey Director of Cricket and England legend Alec Stewart said: 'We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June.

Kohli could play up to six games for Surrey during his stint with the club. He will be available until the club's trip to Scarborough to face Yorkshire. All the prominent Indian cricketers - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid - played for counties but mostly in the early parts of their careers, and there was no IPL then. He further added, our local players will get a great learning opportunity in the form of Virat.

The 29-year-old, who leads India in all three formats - Tests, One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 - of the game, is arguably one of the best batsman in the world at the moment. "We are not at liberty to quote the amount but it will be a very nominal amount that he will be paid and that is at par with any standard county player. We can vouch it's a win-win deal for Surrey as well as for the BCCI", the official said. The CoA, on the other hand, wanted Kohli to have all-important game time in England before India's series opening T20 game at Manchester on July 3. "He is going there to prepare for England series and if he scores runs, it helps Surrey", the office-bearer said.

The 29-year-old has guided his country to the top of the ICC Test rankings with 21 victories from 34 matches, while he averages more than 50 in all three formats of the global game.

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