BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said that he will not be making any comments on the pre-match press conference of the Indian Test captain, Virat Kohli. However, he revealed that the BCCI will act accordingly and take an appropriate decision.
Kohli’s comments in the conference ahead of the South Africa tour all but confirmed that there is a huge miscommunication between him and the board.
“Whatever was said about the communication that happened about the decision that was made was inaccurate. I was contacted one-and-a-half hours before the selection meeting on December 8 for the Test series and there was no prior communication to me at all since I announced my decision on T20I captaincy,” Kohli had said.
“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 added.
This statement goes against what Ganguly had said. When asked about the situation by News18, Ganguly responded: “I have no comments. The BCCI will deal with it appropriately.”
What Sourav Ganguly had said
After the change in ODI captaincy, Ganguly had publicly claimed that he personally requested Kohli to continue as the T20I captain. However, Kohli’s comments in the presser go against it completely.
“I personally requested him (Kohli) not to give up the T20I captaincy. Obviously, he felt the workload. Which is fine, he has been a great cricketer, he has been very intense with his cricket. He has captained for a long period of time and these things happen.”
“Because I have captained for a long period of time; therefore, I know. Also, they wanted only one white-ball captain. And that’s why this decision. I don’t know what’s going to happen in future. But as I said, it’s a good team and it has some fantastic players and I hope they will turn it around,” Ganguly had said.
India has departed for their tour of South Africa which begins on December 26 in Centurion.