As per reports on ANI, Indian skipper Virat Kohli will not be a part of his much-awaited first English county stint owing to a neck injury.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed and said the 29-year-old sustained the injury during his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) Indian Premier League penultimate clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
“Team India Captain Virat Kohli suffered a neck injury while fielding during Match 51 of the IPL between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on 17th May 2018 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru,” reads a statement from the BCCI.
It further added that, “Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating.”
The board further confirmed that Kohli would stay in India to undergo a rehabilitation and recovery period before having a fitness test in Bengaluru on June 15 ahead of series against England.
“The BCCI Medical Team is confident that Kohli will regain full fitness ahead of India’s upcoming tours to Ireland and England,” said the BCCI.
The reports on ANI also suggest that earlier, Kohli had signed a deal with top English county side Surrey before his England Test tour that was scheduled later this summer and was going to miss his country’s inaugural Test match against Afghanistan that was starting in Bengaluru on June 14.
Kohli had penned down the deal with Surrey in order to prepare himself for India’s blockbuster five-match Test series against England later this year, beginning at Edgbaston on August 1.