Virat Kohli's Ireland riddle over availability

The county side Surrey, on Wednesday, confirmed to Sportstar that “Kohli will be playing in the Yorkshire game at Scarborough from June 25-28."

Virat Kohli has signed for a county stint in June with Surrey.   -  AP

Even before India travels to Ireland next month, it finds itself in a spot over the availability of Virat Kohli for the first Twenty20 International against the Irish side.

The national selection committee on Tuesday, named Kohli as the captain for the two T20Is against Ireland - scheduled for June 27 and 29. Interestingly, Surrey is slated to play the last Division One County Championship fixture against Yorkshire from June 25 and 28.

The county side (Surrey), on Wednesday, confirmed to Sportstar that “Kohli will be playing in the Yorkshire game at Scarborough.” This means, if Surrey fields the Indian captain for the last championship game, Kohli will be missing out on the first T20I against Ireland at the Malahide in Dublin. He, however, should be available for the second game.

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The top officials in the BCCI, however, insist that there’s ‘no problem’ with Kohli’s availability. “There’s no confusion whatsoever,” the official told this publication.

Surrey’s director of cricket, Alec Stewart, had told this publication last week that Kohli will be spending the entire month of June with the county side. “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,” Stewart had said.

Now, with the BCCI and Surrey coming up with different versions, it would be interesting to see if Kohli dons the India colours in the first T20I against Ireland.

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