"Virat will be playing for a division one county side for sure".
It is learnt that India captain Virat Kohli's sole focus is on the five Test series against England and he is ready to miss the one off Test against Afghanistan starting 14 June as he will be busy with his county stint. "There were talks with Surrey and Essex", a senior BCCI official told PTI. India and England will lock horns in the first Test at Birmingham after the completion of the T20I and ODI series. The moves of Kohli have been carefully planned and the county stint is thought to be central to Team India's strategy for the July- September England series. He will leave for England after completing his assignment for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League. Skipper Virat Kohli is not the only Indian cricketer looking to better his Test performance.
The report says that Kohli will make himself available for Surrey's three four-day matches against Hampshire, Somerset and Yorkshire between June 9 and June 28.
The BCCI was slammed for the way they hurriedly arranged a short-series against Sri Lanka at home leaving the team with no time to even play a practice game before the first Test in South Africa. Pujara, who played for Yorkshire, last season, is likely to extend his affiliation with the team.
"Virat Kohli has made a strong statement of intent about the England tour where he has unfinished business by opting to play county cricket". In fact, with Surrey set to clash with Yorkshire in June, Kohli and Pujara could well find themselves clashing with each other as India gear up to put their best foot forward in England. He has played five Test matches with a total return of 134 runs at rather dismal average of 13.40.