Virat Kohli has raised concerns on the ECB's new 100-ball format, named 'The Hundred' and has made it clear that he won't be part of the competition in any capacity.
The India captain has expressed his disappointment over the commercial side of the game taking over the “real quality” of cricket and cannot think of one more format.
Kohli, who was in favour of T20 leagues, wasn't at all convinced by ECB's vision of luring a new generation of supporters with this city-based competition which launches in 2020. The format, which comprised of five-ball overs bowled in pairs before changing ends every ten deliveries, may be of great interest for everyone involved but doesn't excite the Indian skipper one bit.
In an interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly, Kohli said: “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.
“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.
“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, however, is still keen to play his trade in the County Championship. A neck injury prevented his chances of representing Surrey this year ahead of the Indian tour.
“County cricket always intrigued me. Unfortunately, it couldn’t happen this time, but I would love to come again. I’ve heard so much from so many players over so many years that it has really helped them understand their games even better. Also just to understand how professional the set-up over here is, how the longest format of the game is looked at with so much respect.’’