English county Surrey’s director and former England captain Alec Stewart has said that the county will be interested to sign India captain Virat Kohli, if he is able to play for them before India tours England in July later this year.
The BCCI is understood to have allowed Kohli to give a miss to Afghanistan’s inaugural Test against India, to be played at Bangalore on June 14 and the subsequent T20I matches against Ireland, and let him play county cricket instead.
“We have Mitch Marsh signed as our overseas player with Aaron Finch being added in for our T20 Blast,” Stewart said to the Telegraph.co.uk.
He further added, “I did enquire a while back about Kohli when it appeared to be a possible option for him to play county cricket but was told India were playing Ireland in T20s and an inaugural Test against Afghanistan in June before the England tour. If he does now become available we would look at it again to see if it could potentially work around our current overseas arrangements.”
Surrey have three Championship matches in late June, including one against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl on June 9, followed by a game against Somerset at Guildford then an away game against Yorkshire at Scarborough.
These matches suit Virat Kohli’s availability and the county will also have to take into consideration the cost of security, to keep the most popular cricketer in the world secure during his stay at the county.
(Credits to the Telegraph.co.uk)