Chairman of the selection committee Chetan Sharma Friday rekindled the rift between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli, saying that the board had requested Kohli not to step down as T20 captain.
The chief selector addressed the media while announcing the 18-man squad for the ODI series against South Africa.
Sharma said that everyone in the meeting had requested Kohli to continue as India's skipper for "the sake of Indian cricket". However, Kohli did not agree and stepped down as a T20 skipper.
“When the meeting started (in September), it was a surprise for everybody. Everybody who was part of that meeting told Virat to reconsider his decision. We felt, at the time, that it would affect the (team at the) World Cup, and it was told to Virat for the sake of Indian cricket, ‘please continue as captain’. It was told to him by everybody. The convener was there. The board officials were there. But he took the decision, and we respected it,” Sharma told reporters, according to the Indian Express.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli, in an interview on December 15, had revealed that he was not advised not to step down as T20 captain.