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Sourav Ganguly Responds To Virat Kohli’s Sensational Press Conference, Says BCCI Will Deal With It


New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday broke his silence and responded to the explosive press conference held by former ODI captain Virat Kohli a day before.

Reacting to the claims made by Kohli about his sacking as ODI captain, Ganguly said told reporters to leave the issue to the BCCI.

“No statements, no press conference. We will deal with it, leave it to (the) BCCI,” Ganguly told local mediapersons on Thursday.

Kohli was removed as captain of One Day Internationals (ODIs) earlier this month and as per his claims, he was informed 90 minutes before the Test team’s selection for the upcoming South Africa tour.

Kohli, during his pre-departure press conference ahead of South Africa tour, said that he was never asked to stay on as T20 skipper when he made his intentions clear on relinquishing the post.

The claims made by former ODI skipper were in complete contrast to Ganguly’s assertion a few days back that Kohli had been requested to not quit the position.

“Whatever was said about the communication that happened about the decision that was made was inaccurate,” Kohli had said with obvious reference to Ganguly’s statement.

“When I left the T20 captaincy, I had first approached BCCI and intimated them of my decision and laid down my point of view in front of them (office bearers).

“I gave the reasons why I wanted to quit T20 captaincy and my view point was received very nicely. There was no offence, no hesitation and not for once was I told that ‘you should not leave T20 captaincy’,” he had asserted.

Kohli’s fierce presser brought to fore the underlying tension in his equation with the administrators.

While speaking to PTI earlier, Ganguly also said that he had spoken to Kohli and told him that two captains in the white ball format was not something that the selectors wanted as there would be “too much of leadership.”

Despite all the back and forth, Kohli and his Test team departed for South Africa tour from Mumbai earlier in the day.

Kohli will lead the Test team in a series of 3 matches, starting December 26. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, who has been ruled out of the Test series due to a hamstring injury, will lead the ODIs if he gets fit before January 19.


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