BCCI refutes Kohli's statement on lack of communication over T20I captaincy

During the India-South Africa tour press conference, Indian test captain Virat Kohli answered a number of questions that have been circulating for some time. He focused on the process by which he was ousted from the ODI captaincy, in addition to detailing India’s preparation and chances against South Africa. His explanation has sparked yet another debate. Kohli also added that he has made the choice to step down as a T20I skipper while keeping the BCCI in the loop. An official from the BCCI had a different take on the situation. Kohli has been asked not to step down and to continue as captain in the shortest format, according to the BCCI.

“Virat Kohli cannot claim that we failed to keep him informed. In September, we spoke with Virat Kohli and asked him not to step down as a T20 skipper. It was tough to have two white ball captains after Virat handed up the T20 captaincy on his own. On the morning of the meeting, Chetan Sharma informed Virat about the ODI captaincy,” a BCCI official told India Today.

Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI’s president, has previously stated that the board had requested him not to resign. Kohli’s decision to step down, though, was positively received by the BCCI, according to Kohli. During the press conference, Kohli stated that no one stopped him from relinquishing the captaincy. “When I first approached the BCCI about relinquishing the T20I captaincy, I told them that this is my point of view, and these are the reasons for my choice,” he added. It got a lot of positive feedback. No one was offended, and no one hesitated. Nobody advised me I shouldn’t quit my T20I captaincy.”

Kohli went on to say that he wanted to be the captain of the Indian team in ODIs and Tests and that he had informed the BCCI of his intentions. Ganguly claimed a few days ago that he spoke to Kohli personally and informed him of the BCCI’s decision to appoint Rohit Sharma as the new ODI skipper.