Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has backed the statement by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on the ODI captaincy change in Indian cricket, stating that he didn’t feel there was any angle of disrespect.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) senior selection committee on Wednesday made a big announcement regarding Rohit Sharma getting a leadership role in all three formats of the game. Rohit was given the permanent ODI captaincy and was made vice-captain in Test cricket, also he was previously appointed as T20I captain after Virat stepped down from his role following the T20 World Cup 2021.
Ganguly talking about the big captaincy change in Indian cricket said that they had requested Kohli not to quit the T20I captaincy but he did not agree and selectors didn’t want to have two white-ball captains. He asserted:
“The BCCI had requested Virat to not step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats. So it was decided that Virat will continue as Test captain and Rohit will take over as the white-ball captain. I as President personally spoke to Virat Kohli and the chairman of selectors has also spoken to him.”
It Doesn’t Make Sense To Have One T20I Captain And One ODI Captain – Salman Butt
Speaking on his YouTube channel Butt said that having two different captains for white-ball cricket makes no sense. He elaborated:
“Even I had mentioned this before. It doesn’t make sense to have one T20I captain and one ODI captain. And it is not about the decision of making Rohit Sharma the captain being right or wrong. He is equally capable and has performed well as a captain. If this has happened with the understanding that the decision has happened with the idea of taking pressure off a person to value his batting.”
Salman Butt talking about Ganguly’s statement said that there was no angle of disrespect for Kohli, he also gave the example of England Test captain Joe Root who plays ODI under skipper Eoin Morgan. He asserted:
“I feel what happened is that board did not want him to leave T20I captaincy, but because he did leave it, you cannot have two white-ball captains. I don’t understand that logic. Even Joe Root plays in ODI cricket, but he isn’t the captain. Don’t see any angle of disrespect here because I don’t expect this to happen to a player of his calibre.”
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