Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt berated the Indian team’s chief selector, Chetan Sharma after the latter backed Sourav Ganguly’s claim that the BCCI officials wanted Virat Kohli to continue as the T20I skipper.
After India’s squad for the ODI series against South Africa was announced, Sharma mentioned that his colleagues insisted that Kohli continues as the skipper in all formats for the team’s sake. However, Kohli had already made up his mind.
However, the timing of Sharma’s comments is being seen as rather poor as the Indian team has just won the first Test against South Africa in Centurion.
“There was absolutely no need for him to bring this topic up once again because the team is playing, they won a match and is now looking to win the series. And the same guy you talked about is actually the captain of the team and the person he had a word with is presently recovering from Covid (Sourav Ganguly),” Butt said on his YouTube channel.
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The ongoing saga between Kohli and BCCI may last for a while with BCCI President, Ganguly, even claiming that the board will comment on the issue after the South Africa tour is completed. Butt said that these things are quite common but the focus shouldn’t be shifted from winning the Test series.
“Miscommunications happen all the time, it is not such a big deal. And when the team is winning and is in rhythm, these talks are unnecessary and to bring it back again. If someone did ask you that question, you should have moved on. And then there was a whole new separate topic that was brought up giving a different direction and from a relevant person. Totally unnecessary, uncalled for, not required at this stage. The discussion was over, let it go please, the team has just won a Test match,” Butt added.
Virat Kohli’s men are one win away from securing their first-ever Test series win on Protean shores.