Indian captain Virat Kohli is set to join Surrey County Cricket Club for the month of June to take part in the 2018 County Championship and 2018 Royal London One Day Cup.
Surrey announced the signing on Thursday (May 3), confirming a long-standing rumour that the Indian captain was scheduled to play County cricket prior to India’s tour of England later this year.
Speaking after signing for the club, Virat Kohli said: “It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season. I can’t wait to get to the Kia Oval.”
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) May 3, 2018
The 29-year-old becomes the fifth Indian to sign for a County side this year, along with Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire), Ishant Sharma (Sussex), Axar Patel (Durham) and Varun Aaron (Leicestershire).
Alec Stewart, Surrey’s Director of Cricket, added: “We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June.
“Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players who will have the opportunity to learn so much from him.
“At a time when there is much discussion around the future of county cricket, the arrival of Virat should give our domestic game a massive boost and positive exposure around the cricketing world which in turn can benefit every county.”
As per kiaoval.com, Surrey County Cricket Club’s official website, Kohli is likely to feature in three List A games, followed by three 2018 County Championship games. His last game is likely to be against Yorkshire, and against his teammate Pujara.