Virat Kohli was named India captain for T20Is against Ireland © PTI
Virat Kohli was named India captain for T20Is against Ireland © PTI

Virat Kohli’s Surrey stint has already created quite a furore in cricketing circles. Kohli, named India’s captain for the T20 Internationals in Ireland, is likely to miss the first match. Kohli will feature for Surrey instead, when they tour Scarborough to play Yorkshire from June 25 to 28. According to The Indian Express, a BCCI official said: “He will play one of the two (in Ireland).” The Surrey Cricket website verified the same: “Kohli will be available for all cricket throughout the month [of June] until the close of Surrey’s trip to Scarborough to face Yorkshire.”

Alec Stewart, Surrey’s Director of Cricket, said: “He will be here for three championship games and a minimum of three 50-over games that can help Surrey and it can help Virat by providing cricket for him. He wanted to play county cricket and it may help him in getting ready for the Test series.”

If that happens, Rohit Sharma will lead India in the first T20I before Kohli returns for the second T20I, on May 29. Kohli is already missing India’s Test against Afghanistan (inaugural).