Captain of Indian Cricket team Virat Kohli is all set to play English County Championship in his attempt to prepare for the upcoming Test cricket series against England in August-September 2018.
In his bid to play County Cricket, he seemed to have made the call to skip the inaugural Test match against Afghanistan in Bangalore. While he will be unavailable in order to play for County in Surrey in June, Kohli has planned to return for India’s limited overs series against Ireland and England from June 2.
Now when even BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is supporting this decision of the Captain to not play the match against Afghanistan, Congress Minister Shashi Tharoor has some comments opposing Virat Kohli’s decision.
Tharoor took it to Twitter and posted an inconsiderate tweet against the Indian skipper.
In his tweet the Congressman said in amazement, “BCCI has its priorities clear as Virat Kohli can put the county cricket ahead of leading India in a Test match”.
Here’s the tweet:
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 9, 2018
In retaliation to his tweet, BCCI’s acting-secretary Amitabh Choudhary made a statement in support of Viral Kohli. Choudhary said:
“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 favour county cricket is not act of disrespect to the opposition”, he said.
“Any act has to be judged by the intention which precedes it”, Amitabh Choudhary further added.
Even the Chairman of selectors, M.S.K. Prasad mentioned that Kohli is the only noted cricketer who is missing from the team. He said, “Except Virat, all the Test specialist are playing this match”.
“Kohli is going so that he comes well prepared for the England Test series”