Expectant father Kohli likely to tour Australia

Star couple
Virat Kohli's social media post announcing Anushka Sharma's pregnancy went viral. Photo: Twitter

New Delhi: Indian captain Virat Kohli is likely to travel to Australia later this year despite his wife Anushka Sharma expecting their first child in January, a key Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told Reuters on Friday.

Kohli's social media post announcing his wife's pregnancy went viral on Thursday, drawing good wishes from several India teammates.

Media reports Down Under said Cricket Australia (CA) and its broadcasters would be "holding their breath" over the availability of one of the biggest drawcards of world cricket.

"He's available for the tour, at least he has not said anything to the contrary," said the official, who asked to remain anonymous.

"Now, if he has to come back in the middle of the tour, he has not said anything about that either. Of course there's plenty of time before the series."

Beginning on December 3 in Brisbane, India will play four Tests in Australia, sandwiched between three Twenty20 Internationals and an equal number of one-dayers.

The series against India is reportedly worth 300 million Australian dollars ($220 million) to CA, which has already lost this year's Twenty20 World Cup to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now host the tournament in 2022.

CA is also under pressure from the broadcasters with the boss of Australia's Channel Seven threatening to terminate their contract over the board's handling of the summer schedule.

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