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Selectors, BCCI officials urged Virat Kohli to continue as T20I captain for sake of Indian cricket: Chetan Sharma

Written by Vipin Darwade

Contradicting Virat Kohli, chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma on Friday said the batting maestro was told to carry on as T20I captain by everyone in the BCCI.

Days after Kohli quit T20I captaincy, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that the Board had asked the superstar batter to reconsider his decision.

Kohli had contradicted Ganguly’s statement during his explosive press conference prior to leaving for the Test series against South Africa, saying he had no such communication with the Board’s president and that he was informed about his removal as ODI skipper one and a half hour before the selection meeting for the SA series.

However, Sharma on Friday said, “Everyone from selectors to (BCCI) office bearers, convenor of selection meeting and all present told Kohli to wait on T20 captaincy till World Cup got over.”

“Everyone told him to reconsider and rethink,” he added. “Once Virat Kohli quit the T20I captaincy, the selectors thinking is that white ball there should be one captain so that it’s easy for the selectors to plan things. 50-overs decision was selectors’ call. T20I was his decision”

He also insisted that there is no ‘bad blood’ between Rohit and the former Indian skipper, Kohli. Chetan also stated that the board had not informed Kohli prior to the selection of the Test squad, given that the T20 World Cup was in play and it would have an affect on that competition.

Kohli’s comments had exposed the simmering tension between him and the BCCI officials.

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