India captain Virat Kohli will miss out on playing County cricket for Surrey due to injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced on Thursday (May 24).
The 29-year-old suffered a neck injury while fielding during the IPL in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
“Mr Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating,” stated the BCCI release.
“The Team India captain will now undergo a period of rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI Medical team. He will begin training and subsequently undergo a fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru from June 15.”
However, the BCCI also said that it is confident that the captain will regain full fitness ahead of the upcoming tours to Ireland and England.
Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said it was “hugely disappointing” that Kohli would not be joining up with the county, but added they “have to respect the decision of the BCCI medical team”.