India captain Virat Kohli has criticised ECB’s new 100-ball format by saying he is “hurt” by the way commercialism is taking over the game.
While the ECB believes such innovations will open the game up to a whole new generation of supporters, Kohli is clearly not convinced.
Virat Kohli said, “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’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.” Said Kohli.
Kohli is presently preparing to take on England in the fourth Test of the 5-match series in Southampton. A defeat in the match would give England a 3-1 series win with a game to spare while a win for the visitors would put the teams level 2-2.