New Delhi: Sourav Ganguly decided on Thursday not to add fuel to the fire after Virat Kohli refuted a claim by the head of the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry that he had asked him to remain as the pilot of the T20. "No statement, no press conference. We will take care of this matter and leave it to (Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)," Ganguly said.
Meanwhile, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said he feels Kohli should have made his statement asking him to resign from the T20 captain in a different way and said he was "available" to drive in ODIs and tests. It will stay 'if the selectors want them.
Kohli & Co land in SA for three-match Test series
India's cricket team, led by captain Virat Kohli, arrived here on Thursday for the three-match Test series against South Africa starting on December 26 in Centurion. The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry posted photos of team members, including test specialists Chishwar Pojhara, Chardol Thakur, and Shreyas Iyer on their official Twitter account, "Touchdown South Africa". The test team led by Kohli had left Mumbai for a tour that also included three ODIs in January.
Due to the threat posed by the new Covid-19 alternative Omicron, T20 matches from the Tour have been postponed for the time being.
No statements or presser; BCCI will deal with it: Ganguly declines to comment on Kohli's bombshell PC
Calcutta: A day after India's test leader Virat Kohli publicly denied it, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Saurav Ganguly declined to comment on the matter, saying the board would take care of the matter.
Kohli, during his pre-departure press conference ahead of the South Africa tour, said he was never asked to remain as captain of the T20 when he announced his intention to resign.
This was in contrast to Ganguly's statement a few days ago in which Kohli was asked not to resign.
"No statement, no press conference. We will take care of this matter and leave it to (Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)," Ganguly told local media on Thursday.
There was talk that the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry asked Chairman Mukhtar Chetan Sharma to address the media after Kohli's explosive press conference, but the board ultimately declined to comment on that.
Kohli's comments on Wednesday highlighted the underlying tension in his relationship with the directors.
Kohli had explicitly referenced Ganguly's statement saying, "Whatever was said about the connection, what happened with the decision, it was wrong."
He said: 'When I left the T20 captain, I first called the International Chamber of Commerce and informed them of my decision and made my point clear to them.
He said, "I gave my reason for wanting to resign from T20 leadership and my approach was very well received. There were no offenses, no hesitation, and not once did I say 'You shouldn't resign the T20 captain.'" "
Earlier, Ganguly said in an interview with PTI that he spoke to Kohli and told him that having two captains in key ball coordination is not something the selectors want because "there will be a lot of leadership".
previews post - Virat Kohli change his plans and play ODIs in South Africa