Virat Kohli has opted to withdraw from the first two Tests against England, which are scheduled to commence on January 25. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a statement on Monday, January 22, stating that Kohli's absence is due to personal reasons.
Per the official statement, Kohli informed Captain Rohit Sharma, the team management, and the selectors about his decision. The esteemed player emphasized that although representing the country has always been his utmost priority, certain personal circumstances require his immediate attention and presence.
The BCCI has demonstrated its respect for Kohli's choice and recognized the importance of his commitments. The board and team management have wholeheartedly extended their support to the renowned cricketer.
To address this matter, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released an official statement, urging the media and fans to maintain respect for Kohli's privacy and abstain from conjecturing about his reasons. The note stresses the importance of directing full support towards the Indian cricket team as they embark on the challenges in the Test series.
"Virat has spoken to Captain Rohit Sharma, the team management and the selectors... certain personal situations demand his presence and undivided attention," BCCI said in a statement. "The BCCI requests the media and fans to respect Virat Kohli's privacy during this time and refrain from speculating on the nature of his reasons," it added.
With Virat Kohli's absence, the Selection Committee is anticipated to name a replacement soon, adding an element of intrigue to the unfolding series. The cricketing community remains eager to see how the remaining squad members step up to fill the void left by the influential batsman and former captain. As the series progresses, all eyes will be on the Indian team as they navigate this unexpected twist in their quest for success against England.
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