Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain and current President of the BCCI, has spoken out over the decision to designate Rohit Sharma as captain, saying that the board and selectors made the decision together because they didn’t want two different captains for two different formats of the game. Sourav Ganguly also stated that when the BCCI was informed of Virat Kohli’s decision, the BCCI requested that he stay as captain of the T20I team, but that he (Virat Kohli) refused and relinquished captaincy. “The BCCI and the selectors made the decision together. The BCCI had requested that Virat Kohli not step down as T20I captain, but he evidently refused. The selectors didn’t think it was fair to have two different captains for two different white-ball forms “ANI quoted Ganguly as saying.

“As a result, Virat Kohli will continue as Test captain, while Rohit Sharma will take over as white-ball captain. Virat Kohli was directly spoken to by me as President, and he was also spoken to by the chairman of selectors “he added. Virat Kohli’s contributions as captain in T20Is and ODIs were also acknowledged by the BCCI president, who stated that BCCI has complete faith in Rohit Sharma’s captaincy ability. “We have complete confidence in Rohit Sharma’s leadership ability, and Virat Kohli will continue to captain the Test team. We, the BCCI, are certain that Indian cricket will be well-served. We appreciate Virat Kohli’s efforts as captain in the white-ball format “According to reports, Sourav Ganguly said.