The former Australian international cricketer and World Cup winning captain Michael Clarke has said he is surprised by the decision of the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to miss the historic Test Match against Afghanistan.
“Look I am really surprised. I don’t know that’s Virat’s choice but I am really surprised. I think a Test match is a Test match. I don’t care who you are playing against, it needs to be number one priority,” Clarke said in an interactive session at the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Young Leaders Forum (YLF).
“I still feel Virat can get what he wants in terms of coming and playing some games for Surrey and then I would like to see him fly back and play the Test match,” he was quoted as saying by The Statesman.
This comes as the Indian Cricket Board officials on Tuesday announced the squad for the one-off and historic test match against Afghanistan scheduled for June.
The officials are saying that the Indian side will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the absence of Virat Kohli who will be playing County cricket in England during the period when the Afghanistan and India historic Test match will be played.
The squad as per the Indian officials include Ajinkya Rahane (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, M. Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Karun Nair.
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur have also been included in the squad for the Test match against Afghanistan.