India captain Virat Kohli will not play for Surrey this summer because of a neck injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced.

Kohli sustained the injury while playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The 29-year-old batsman agreed his first ever overseas contract with Surrey in May and he was scheduled to play at least six games for the county. It is expected Kohli will be fit for India’s Test series in England, which is due to begin on August 1.

Before then, India will play two T20 matches against Ireland, followed by three T20 internationals and three one-day internationals against England in July.

Meanwhile, Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has signed with Japanese club Vissel Kobe, he announced at a press conference in Tokyo today.

“This is a very special day for me. It’s a very important challenge in my sporting career. Both me and my family are looking forward to be here,” Iniesta told a crowd of 300 journalists after he was presented with a number 8 playing shirt.

Vissel Kobe’s chairman said Iniesta will “inspire Japan and Asian football to bring it in to the next phase.”

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