India skipper Virat Kohli seeks December break from cricket citing personal reasons

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"So he needs some rest at some point", a BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo, and went on to counter media reports that stated Kohli had written to the selectors asking for time off. He played all but one of the 13 Tests, eight ODIs and three T20Is in the 2016-17 home season.

Prasad also confirmed that other players will be rested too, but refused to name who would get a break.

"Considering the workload and the global schedule that we have right now, we are definitely going to rotate players". "And that's the reason we are trying (different players) before a big event comes up or before we finalise a final squad for a major event; by then we will try out different options, and there are some of the guys who are doing (well) at India A level". We will let you know at the appropriate time. With regards to Kohli, there was some speculation that he is going to be rested for the whole Sri Lankan series - that's not right. As far as the Test series is concerned, he is going to play, and at some point of time, the rotation policy that we are following will apply to the captain. "We need to give him a break which we will consider after the Test series". It makes for an intriguing spin vs. spin battle, as Virat Kohli will look to deploy his two leg spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in tandem. Ashish Nehra will retire after the first T20 game against the Kiwis on his home ground, but the chief selector said the veteran left-arm pacer has not been guaranteed a spot in the playing XI. Here too, there were contradictory statements from the BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Prasad.

Kohli made 121 in defeat to New Zealand on Sunday to overtake Ricky Ponting and move second on the list for most one-day global centuries behind only countryman Sachin Tendulkar.


Prasad also said that the relationship between his panel and the team management was a cordial one, with decisions taken in unison and plans set in place considerably in advance.

It is still unclear if Nehra will play the Delhi T20I on November 1, since he sat out all three of India's most recent matches in the shortest format. "There are no assurances from our side (selectors), whether he is going to play or not". The think tank on that particular day will be taking a call.

Moments earlier, Prasad wasn't as convincing when he was bombarded with queries over Ashish Nehra's selection for only the first Twenty20 against Sri Lanka, which appears to be a farewell game. "With so much domestic cricket going on, some players can be released for domestic games". We will definitely work on that. We want them fresh for a Test season coming up. "You all know that from September 1, the new rules have come with regards to a 16-member squad. Even a wicketkeeper can be substituted with a wicketkeeper", he elaborated.

Interestingly, the squad doesn't have a reserve wicketkeeper.

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