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Kohli not keen on ECB 100-ball venture

Updated August 30, 2018


LONDON: India captain Virat Kohli has ruled out participating in the initial stages of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)’s new 100-ball format and says he is worried that commercial concerns are eroding the quality of the game.

The ECB’s new eight-team tournament is set to begin in 2020 and sees each side facing 15 six-ball overs, culminating in 10 deliveries at the backend of the innings.

Kohli already represents India in Tests, One-day internationals and Twenty20 Internationals and plays in the Indian Premier League and said he did not want to be “a testing sort of cricketer for any new format...”

“Obviously for the people involved in the whole process and the set-up it will be really exciting but I cannot think of one more format coming into cricket to be honest,” Kohli said in an interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly. “I am very [...] I wouldn’t say frustrated but it can get very demanding of you when you have to play so much cricket. I feel the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of the cricket and that hurts me.”

Published in Dawn, August 30th, 2018