Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was scheduled to play county cricket for Surrey in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating in the tournament due to a neck injury, the BCCI official confirmed on Thursday.
In a press release, the cricketing body confirmed that the 29-year old will undergo a period of rehabilitation before the start of the series against England in July.
“Mr. Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating. This decision was taken following assessments by the BCCI Medical team, subsequent scans, and a specialist visit,” the press release said.
In a statement earlier, Kohli's doctor had said that playing county cricket would further aggravate his herniated disc and he might miss out on Test series against England as well.
The problem was diagnosed by one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country who practices at a Khar hospital.
The news of an injury breaks out at a time when Kohli went out of his way to ensure up to the preparations for the tour to England- a country where his record is below par.
In 2014, Kohli had managed to score only 134 runs in five Test matches at an average of 13.4.
The doctors told Kohli that his spinal nerves have suffered some damage, and he may have to miss some part of the England tour, beginning in July, if the injury worsened.
“Kohli was not playing the historic maiden Test match against Afghanistan next month, and now with this injury, his wouldn't feature in the county stint either,” a BCCI official said.