Kohli signs Surrey deal, set to miss Afghanistan Test
New Delhi: India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday officially inked his deal with top English county side Surrey in his bid to prepare for the tour of England, starting in July.
While Kohli joining the London-based team was an open secret, the county officially announced the deal today on their official website.
"Surrey County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of India captain Virat Kohli for the month of June," the club announced on their website www.kiaoval.com.
Speaking after signing for the club, Kohli said: It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season. I can't wait to get to the Kia Oval.
Alec Stewart, Surrey's Director of Cricket, added: "We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June.
"Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players who will have the opportunity to learn so much from him.
"At a time when there is much discussion around the future of county cricket, the arrival of Virat should give the domestic game a massive boost
and positive exposure around the cricketing world which in turn can benefit every county," the former England captain said.