Virat Kohli decided not to play the 1st Test match in Bangalore against Afghanistan as he is preparing up for English County Championship.
Kohli decided he would not be playing the Country in Surrey. And, will come to India on June 2nd, where he can prepare for Limited Overs Series against England and Ireland.
Virat Kohli's decision is supported by the BCCI and the cricket board said it would be fine if he doesn't play against Afghanistan. But, the Congress Minister Shashi Tharoor doesn't happy and questioned the decision taken by Kohli.
Shashi Tharoor took to his Twitter questioned Virat's decision and wrote, “So @BCCI makes its priorities clear: @imVkohli can put IPL ahead of county cricket but county cricket ahead of leading India in a Test match. Woah!”
Board of Control for Cricket in India's acting -secretary Amitabh Choudhary replied to Shashi Tharoor's tweet and 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. Any act has to be judged by the intention which precedes it.”
MSK Prasad, the Chairman of Selectors also come forward in support of Kohli and said, “Kohli is going so that he comes well prepared for the England Test series."
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