India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday pulled out of a month-long stint with English county Surrey because of a neck injury and is now in a race to be ready for his country’s tour of England.
The key 29-year-old batsman will undergo rehabilitation that will decide when he joins India’s games in England starting in July, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement.
Kohli, who has one of the most intensive playing schedules in cricket and is one of the world’s top paid athletes, was to play for Surrey in the English county championship in June to prepare for the tour.
Kohli suffered the injury while fielding for his Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore in their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 17, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said.
“Mr 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 Team India captain will now undergo a period of rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI medical team.”