Virat Kohli, India’s ace captain is gearing up for Country Cricket Championship. And now that he is going to be playing county cricket he will be missing the 1st Test Match against Afghanistan in Bengaluru.
He will be playing until the month of June in County Cricket, and on 2nd of June, Kohli planned to return to India for Limited Overs Series against England and Ireland.
And this decision has received the nod of agreement from the BCCI, who said that Kohli can be excused from the Afghanistan series. However, Shashi Tharoor is not very cool about it. He questioned Virat Kohli’s decision.
The Congree Minister took to Twitter to voice his dissent for the decision from Virat Kohli, and he worded his reply like this:
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 9, 2018
He wrote, “So @BCCI makes it priorities clear : @imVkohli can put IPL ahead of county cricket but county cricket ahead of leading India in a Test match. Woah!”
He shared an article and tagged BCCI in it.
Amitabh Choudhary, the Acting Secretary of the BCCI reacted to Shashi Tharoor’s tweet and came out in support of Virat Kohli.
“There was no intention of not to play. It was only because the English challenge is something we have to rise to, to the satisfaction of the entire cricket fraternity of this country, that Virat will abstain for the right reasons. We are giving equal importance to the Test match against Afghanistan just like we gave to the Test series that took place in June 1932. Kohli is an effectively active player and the absence of the home team’s skipper in order to favor county cricket is not act of disrespect to the opposition. Any act has to be judged by the intention which precedes it.”
Even MSK Prasad, the Chairman of Selectors said, “Kohli is going so that he come well prepared for the England Test Series”