Dilip Vengsarkar, who has played 116 Tests for India, is also a former BCCI selector Image: AFP
Former India skipper Dilip Vengsakar has supported Virat Kohli's decision to give preference to county cricket over next month's one-off Test against Afghanistan. This, according to him, will help Kohli prepare for the challenging England tour.
The 116-Test veteran was also highly optimistic of India's chances of taming England in their own backyard in the five-Test series.
When asked about Kohli opting to play county cricket, Vengsarkar said, "It is a good decision because he (Virat) will get time to get acclimatised to the conditions (in England). The last tour was not a good tour for him, so he is very keen to do well. In the last four years, he has established himself as the number one batsman in the world, so we expect a lot of things from him, and England tour will be the tour for him. I am sure he will do well," the 1983 World Cup-winning team member said.
"If I was a selector, I would have asked Pujara to stay back and play county cricket (for Yorkshire), because these are the guys who will play in England. For them, playing in India against Afghanistan makes no sense," added Vengsarkar.
Vengsarkar also felt that Test against Afghanistan was wrongly scheduled.
"The Afghanistan Test match is wrongly scheduled, that's what I feel. They should have concentrated more on the England tour," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)