Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is likely to skip the one-off Test against Afghanistan to focus on the tour of England.
According to reports, the batsman will play for English county side Surrey, in order to prepare himself against Joe Root’s side.
India are set to play Afghanistan on June 14 in Bengaluru just weeks after the Indian Premier League.
Kohli’s decision to turn up for Surrey is a move that should be lauded, as it will give him the base to prepare for the big hurdle against the likes of James Anderson & Co.
The 29-year-old Kohli had a disastrous tour last time India visited England.
He could only manage 134 runs in five Tests at a lowly average of 13.40.
He is the first Indian player to represent Surrey.
The skipper is expected to play three four-day games against Hampshire, Somerset and Yorkshire.
Fellow Indian cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara will turn out for Yorkshire.
Surrey open their campaign against Hampshire at the Oval in London in April 20.
Kohli’s first game could be against Hampshire which starts from June 9 in Southampton.
Kohli joins an illustrated list of Indian cricketers
Here are some famous Indian players, who played in county cricket. Rahul Dravid (Kent), Kapil Dev (Northamptonshire and Worcestershire), Sourav Ganguly (Glamorgan, Lancashire and Northamptonshire), Virender Sehwag (Leicestershire), Sachin Tendulkar (Yorkshire), R Ashwin (Worcestershire) and Bishen Singh Bedi (Northamptonshire).