Former England pacer Bob Willis has called the decision to allow Indian captain Virat Kohli to play county cricket as ‘nonsense’.
“I can’t stand overseas players in county cricket. It doesn’t benefit the players stranded in the second XI year on year and the youngsters,” he said.
The fiery fast bowler criticised Surrey’s decision, “They’re going to pay Kohli, presumably, five figures a match so he can hone his skills in English conditions before a Test series. It’s nonsense,” he added.
“He should be made to suffer and average 30 in England as he has done before. We don’t want England starting to lose Test matches at home because we’re accommodating all of these visiting players,” the 68-year-old added.
India visit England for a full series starting with the limited-overs leg comprising 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and then 5 Tests. Despite being a world conqueror, Kohli has struggled to establish his dominance in England, With just 134 runs in five Test matches and average of 13.40.