PCB Chief Selector showers praises on Indian captain Virat Kohli
He also spoke about Pakistan's chances in England this summer.
Updated - May 7, 2018 11:42 am
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Selector, Wasim Bari, recently had some words of praise for the Indian captain Virat Kohli. His remarks have come in line with the recent discussions and headlines surrounding Kohli’s maiden County stint. The Indian captain recently signed a month long deal with the Surrey camp in the County Championships.
If all goes well, Kohli could feature in as many as 6 matches across the different formats in the Surrey outfit. The Indian captain, as a result of this, will be missing the historic Afghanistan Test. Also, the reports have confirmed that Kohli will miss the T20I series in Ireland to give his time to Surrey.
All of this is being done by the Indian captain to ensure that he gets used to the English conditions ahead of the big India tour of England later this year. It is worth noting that the last time India toured England, Kohli had a dismal run in the Test series and averaged less than 20 on the tour. He had a forgetful time against James Anderson and co. on the tour.
Commenting on Kohli’s decision, Wasim Bari hailed the Indian captain as very smart. He noted that the stint will help the Indian captain get used to the English conditions and that will be beneficial to the Indian side on the English tour.
“Indian captain Virat Kohli has been smart as he’s decided to play for Surrey in June to get acclimatized ahead of his team’s tour in the second part of the season,” Wasim Bari quoted as per the quotes in The Dawn.
On Pakistan’s chances in England
Commenting on the chances of the Pakistani team in England, Wasim Bari rued the fact that the inexperience of the team could see them fall short. Team Pakistan is scheduled to play two Tests against England after their historic Test against Ireland. Bari also noted that things will be tougher for the Pakistani team since they have only two Tests to play and hence, players might not get enough time to acclimatize.