The absence of Team India regular skipper Virat Kohli from the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 has caused Broadcaster for the tournament, Star Sports serious problems as per reports published in the Mumbai Mirror. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to rest Kohli. He has been playing non-stop cricket in the last year, or so.
Moreover, the batting stalwart Kohli hasn’t got any break what so ever. Hence it was a much-needed break for Kohli. However, it has not gone down well with Star Sports.
As per reports published in the Mirror, there was a war of words between the BCCI regulators and their commercial partners. Star India has claimed that the absence of Kohli from the 14-day tournament will severely diminish their competitive value of the event.
As per Star Sports, their television ratings soar up whenever Kohli is batting, and it goes down considerably whenever he gets dismissed.
Star Sports unhappy with BCCI resting Virat Kohli for the Asia Cup 2018:
It was back in 2016 that Star Sports bought the broadcast rights for the Asia Cup 2018 for the next eight years. As per reports, the broadcaster had written to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) that there are few implicit clauses in the eight-year agreement which has not been honoured yet.
All the teams have picked their full strength squads barring the Men in Blue. However, the BCCI stated that Star has just no right to give its opinion on selection matters.
Hitman Rohit Sharma will be in charge of the Indian team in the tournament in the absence of Kohli. India will take on Hong Kong in their first match of the tournament on 18th September. They will take on Pakistan on September 19.
Also, there is no doubt about the fact that even without Kohli, India has all the ingredients to beat every team. They have some tremendous players who can change the complexion of the match within a blink of an eye.