• Kohli: I’m not about experiments

    Virat Kohli has voiced his concerns over the proposed 100-ball competition. 

    ‘The Hundred’ is set for a trial run in September. Loughborough will host a number of women’s games between 13-16 September, while men’s teams will play at Trent Bridge from 16-18 September.

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    Kohli is still keen to play county cricket despite his opportunity to do so fell through due to injury, but he was not as complimentary about the new 100-ball 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, to be honest,’ Kohli told Wisden Cricket Monthly. 

    ‘I’m already very… I wouldn’t say frustrated, but sometimes it can get very demanding of you when you have to play so much cricket regularly. I feel somewhere the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of cricket and that hurts me.

    ‘Honestly, I don’t want to be a testing sort of a cricketer for any new format. I don’t want to be someone who’s going to be part of that World XI who comes and launches the 100-ball format. 

    ‘I love playing the IPL, I love watching the BBL, because you’re working towards something, competing against high-quality sides and it gets your competitive juices flowing. That’s what you want as a cricketer. I’m all for the leagues, but not to experiment.’ 

    Kohli is currently playing in a five-match Test series in England, as India aim to level the series 2-2. 

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