Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive Nick Hockley is not surprised by Virat Kohli’s decision to stay out of three Tests to become a father in January. But he expressed satisfaction that this star player will play all the matches in other formats.
Kohli and his actress wife Anushka Sharma are going to become parents in January. The BCCI has given paternity leave to Kohli and he will return to India after the first Test starting on 17 December.
CA interim chief executive Hawkley said that Kohli was almost certain to stay out of the Test series, but he was happy that he would be able to play three ODIs and three T20 matches. He said, “Ever since he announced his fatherhood, this possibility was being raised.”
He said, ‘We are happy that Virat will play three ODIs, three T20s and the first Test. We should respect that he wants to be with his wife at the birth of their first child. ‘
Hawkley said that both teams have so many stars that this series will be very exciting. He said, ‘There are many players in both teams who played in the last series in Australia, which India won. It will also be a very interesting series.