New Delhi: Surrey have confirmed their interest in signing Virat Kohli on a possible short-term deal before India's Test series in England this summer.
Reports on Saturday suggested a deal has already been struck, with the India captain expected to miss the one-off Test with Afghanistan in Bangalore on 20 June and a Twenty20 series with Ireland in order to tune up for English conditions.
Alec Stewart, Surrey's director of cricket, insists this is not the case but should the timings work and the Board of Control for Cricket in India give it the all-clear then the draw of signing the sport's biggest name is undeniable.
The Test match in June is set to be the first time that Afghanistan play a game in the longest format of the game. It precedes India’s tour of England that starts on July 3, 2018 with a three-match T20I series.
That will be followed by an ODI series of as many matches that starts on July 12 before the lengthy five-match Test series that starts on August 1, 2018 and is scheduled to end on September 11, 2018.
The 29-year-old's previous Test tour of England, in 2014, brought a return of 134 runs from 10 innings as India succumbed to a 3-1 defeat. Kohli has said that he was "thankful" for the effect this had on his career.