Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has given his opinion on the dispute between Virat Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Manjrekar says that the chief selector should have come forward in this whole incident. He said that the whole matter was not handled properly.
Manjrekar said in a conversation with our partner channel Times Now, ‘Chairman of selector is a very important role in Indian cricket administration but he does not get the importance that he should get.’
Manjrekar said that unfortunately this does not happen. The chairman selector has so much authority that he can change the picture and direction of Indian cricket. Giving the example of Rajsinh Dungarpur, he said how he changed Indian cricket by making Azharuddin the captain. It was called the team of the 90s.
Manjrekar reminded that it should have been Virat Kohli vs Chetan Sharma (chief selector) instead of Sourav Ganguly vs Virat Kohli. That would be right.
Manjrekar said that the right way would have been that Chetan Sharma would have put his opinion on this instead of the chairman of selectors.
Board of Control for Cricket in India President Sourav Ganguly had said that he himself had called and asked Virat Kohli not to give up the captaincy of the T20 team. However, before the team’s departure for South Africa, Virat Kohli had said in the press conference that when he told the selectors about his decision, no one stopped him from doing so. The controversy escalated when the team’s command for the ODI series against South Africa was handed over to Rohit Sharma. On being taken the captaincy of this format from Virat, Ganguly had said that Virat was also asked by the selectors to continue as the captain of the T20 team. Kohli said that the selectors did not want two captains for limited overs. However, Kohli said that he was informed about this only one and a half hour before the team was announced.
When Manjrekar was asked who he considered right in this whole matter, he refused to give a direct answer. He said that I do not know Virat and Ganguly very well and therefore cannot say whose fault it is. And who said what?
Manjrekar, however, also said that in his view the issue is now over. He said that he does not think either side will talk on the issue anymore. Manjrekar made it clear that the Test series against South Africa is going to start soon and the focus of the team will be on that. He said, ‘Virat Kohli has now moved on. Test series will start in South Africa soon. In such a situation, I do not think that either of the two sides will say anything on this issue.