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Ganguly had no business to speak on behalf of the selection committee: Dilip Vengsarkar slams BCCI chief

According to Dilip Vengsarkar, the prerogative of selecting or dropping any player rests solely with selection committee.

By: Sports Desk |
December 23, 2021 5:16:09 pm
Dilip Vengsarkar, Sourav Ganguly bcci, bcci Sourav Ganguly, virat kohli, rohit sharma, sports news, indian expressVengsarkar was relating to Ganguly’s comments when BCCI decided to make Rohit Sharma as India’s full-time white-ball captain. (File)

Former India captain and selector Dilip Vengsarkar expressed his unhappiness over BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly’s handling of the Virat Kohli-BCCI situation and stated that the whole episode should have been handled better. The former India legend also said that when it comes to captaincy or selection, it is the selectors who have the authority to decide and not the BCCI chief.

In an exclusive chat with Khaleej Times, Vengsaekar said, “The thing is that Ganguly had no business to speak on behalf of the selection committee. Ganguly is the president of BCCI. Any issue about selection or captaincy, it’s the chairman of the selection committee who should speak”.

Ganguly spoke about the whole thing, obviously, Virat wanted to make his case clear. I believe it should have been between the chairman of the selection committee and the captain. A captain is selected or removed by the selection committee, that’s not Ganguly’s jurisdiction at all.”

Earlier BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that it was a mutual decision by the BCCI and the selectors to nominate Rohit as India’s full-time white-ball skipper.

But during the pre-departure press conference, Kohli shared his side of the story and said that it was only 90 minutes before the Test team’s selection meeting for the South Africa tour that he was informed about the ODI captaincy.

“It has always been the case right from 1932 (when the first Indian team was selected. Once we saw four captains in five Test matches. But yes, things should change now. Kohli, you have to respect him, he has done so much for the country, so much for Indian cricket. But how they dealt with him, it must have definitely hurt him,” Vengsarkar recalled.

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