The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might deem it right to sit tight and wait until the South Africa tour is completed before issuing any statement regarding Virat Kohli’s big revelations in yesterday’s pre-match press conference.
On Wednesday, Kohli attended a conference ahead of the departure to South Africa. He made plenty of statements that were straight to the point and answered quite a few questions, including that of his participation in the ODI series in South Africa.
However, the biggest thing that jolted the BCCI was the 32-year-old’s comments that nobody asked him to continue as the T20I captain. “When I left the T20I captaincy, I had first approached BCCI and intimated them of my decision and laid down my point of view in front of them (office bearers). I gave the reasons why I wanted to quit T20 captaincy and my viewpoint was received very nicely. There was no offence, no hesitation, and not for once was I told that ‘you should not leave T20 captaincy’,” Kohli had said.
This goes against BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly‘s claim that he personally requested Kohli not to step down as the T20I captain. In response to Kohli’s comments from yesterday, Ganguly made it clear that the board will decide and figure out what to do.
“Any hasty decision could affect team’s morale” – BCCI official
India will be playing a 3-match Test series followed by a 3-match ODI series in South Africa. They have never won a Test series on Protean shores and this is one of the biggest chances that Kohli and co. have. Ahead of such a big tour, off-the-field incidents will demoralize the team.
“Expert opinion was taken on how to deal with the sensitive matter as it also involves the respect of a president’s office. The BCCI knows that a Test series is round the corner and any hasty decision or statement from them could affect the morale of the team,” a senior BCCI member was quoted as saying to PTI.
Although Kohli was simply speaking his mind as he usually does, it remains to be seen whether BCCI will take it as a critique. However, several former cricketers have already stated that the matter needs to be buried and shouldn’t come out in the public.