Ganguly shouldn't have spoken on Virat Kohli captaincy issue: Vengsarkar

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23 Dec 2021 | 02:58 AM
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Ganguly shouldn't have spoken on Virat Kohli captaincy issue: Vengsarkar

Vengsarkar believes that the prerogative of selecting or dropping any player rests solely with the selection committee

Ahead of their departure to South Africa, Virat Kohli, in a media conference, had said that no one from BCCI had told him not to quit T20I captaincy, contrary to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly's claims that he had spoken to the skipper on the issue and had requested him not to relinquish the position. That created a huge controversy of sorts and weighing his opinion on the issue, former India captain and chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar stated that Ganguly wasn't right in airing his views on behalf of national selectors.

"The thing is that Ganguly had no business to speak on behalf of the selection committee. He is the BCCI president. Any issue about selection or captaincy, it's the chairman of selection committee Chetan Sharma, who should speak," Vengsarkar, a veteran of 116 Tests told PTI on Wednesday.

Earlier, Ganguly, himself a former India captain had stated that Kohli's decision to not reconsider giving up T20 captaincy prompted the selectors to go for Rohit as the sole white-ball skipper as two different captains in the two formats would have led to "too much leadership."

"We had requested Virat not to step down as T20 captain but he didn't want to continue as captain. So, the selectors felt that they cannot have two white ball captains in two white-ball formats. That's too much of leadership," the BCCI president had told PTI

Vengsarkar believes that the prerogative of selecting or dropping any player rests solely with the selection committee. "A captain is selected or removed by the selection committee and that is not Ganguly's jurisdiction at all," quipped the former Mumbai legendary right-handed batter.

(With inputs from PTI)

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