Virat's 'test' is from June 15

Calcutta: Virat Kohli's much-hyped participation in the English County Championship has been ruled out due to a neck injury, throwing his meticulously planned build-up for the tour of UK into disarray.

The Team India captain suffered the injury during Royal Challengers Bangalore's penultimate IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 17. The India captain will not be training for the next three weeks with a BCCI press release saying he will undergo his rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.

He will then have a fitness test before he flies out for the tour of Ireland and England in late June.

That test will confirm his availability for the initial phase of the UK limited-overs tour starting with the two T20 Internationals against Ireland in the last week of June.

India begin the series against England with T20Is in early July. The five-match Test series starts on August 1 in Birmingham.

"Kohli suffered a neck injury while fielding during Match 51 of the Vivo IPL between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on 17th May 2018 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium," BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a press release.

"Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating. This decision was taken following assessments by the BCCI medical team, subsequent scans, and a specialist visit," the release stated.

"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 Bangalore from June 15."

Kohli had decided to miss the one-off Test against Afghanistan, starting June 14 in Bangalore, to play for Surrey.

The decision caused friction between the Committee of Administrators and the BCCI officials who were against his missing a Test match for County.

When the deal was signed, Surrey announced he was going to be with them for the whole of June, but India picked him for the T20Is against Ireland, which would have clashed with his third first-class match for Surrey.

A late realisation was that he was expected to play even domestic one-dayers, five of them. Now the clash is out of picture with Kohli racing to be fit in time for the Ireland T20Is.


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