Indian Test captain Virat Kohli said on Wednesday that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had never asked him to reconsider leaving the captaincy of the Twenty20 team as claimed by the board. He also said that 90 minutes before the selection of the team for the upcoming tour of South Africa, he was removed from the captaincy of the ODI team.
During a press conference before leaving for a tour of South Africa, the Indian captain answered difficult questions. He said that he would fully support the views of the new limited overs captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. Kohli said he had been dropped from the captaincy for failing to win a trophy in the International Cricket Council’s limited overs tournament. BBC President Sourav Ganguly had said that the board had appealed to Kohli not to relinquish the captaincy as it would not be appropriate to have two captains in the limited overs format. “I was contacted an hour and a half before the selection meeting for the Test series on December 8,” Kohli said.
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No contact has been made with me since the announcement of my decision regarding T20 captaincy earlier. “The chief selectors discussed the Test team which we both agreed on,” Kohli said. Contrary to Ganguly’s statement a few days ago, Indian captain Kohli said, “I have given reasons why I want to leave the T20 captaincy and my point of view is well understood. Gaguly had said that due to Kohli’s refusal to relinquish the T20 captaincy, the selectors had to make Rohit the captain in the limited overs format as having two different captains in the two formats would clash the ability of the leader. Could
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