Sourav Ganguly, the president of the BCCI, refused to comment on the topic a day after India Test captain Virat Kohli sparked outrage by openly contradicting him. Kohli stated during his pre-departure press conference before the South African tour that he was never asked to carry on as T20 captain after making his intentions plain.

This was in stark contrast to Ganguly’s claim a few days ago that Kohli had been asked not to leave the team. “There will be no comments or news conferences. We’ll take care of it,” Ganguly told local reporters on Thursday.

After Kohli’s fiery press conference, there was speculation of the BCCI asking the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma to address the media, but the Board ultimately abstained from making any counter remarks. Kohli’s Wednesday comments highlighted the underlying tension in his relationship with the authorities.

“Whatever was said regarding the conversation that occurred about the decision that was made was false,” Kohli added, referring to Ganguly’s statement.

“When I stepped down as T20 captain, the first thing I did was approach the BCCI and inform them of my choice, as well as lay out my case in front of them” (office bearers). I explained why I wanted to step down as T20 captain, and my point of view was well appreciated.”

He had maintained that “you should not quit T20 captaincy” since there was no offense, no reluctance, and “you should not leave T20 captaincy” was not one of them.

In an interview with PTI earlier this week, Ganguly claimed he had spoken to Kohli and advised him that having two captains in the white-ball format was not something the selectors wanted since it would be “too much leadership.” Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the lone white-ball skipper, as well as Kohli’s deputy in the Test format.