Salman Butt backs Sourav Ganguly for Kohli statement on ODI captaincy switch
By SMCS - Dec 10, 2021 4:00 pm
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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has backed former India captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s “did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats” statement on Virat Kohli while speaking about the leadership change. Butt stated that he found nothing disrespectful from Ganguly and as per him, the decision was logical too.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

“Even I had mentioned this before. It doesn’t make sense to have one T20I captain and one ODI captain. And it is not about the decision of making Rohit Sharma the captain being right or wrong. He is equally capable and has performed well as a captain. If this has happened with the understanding that the decision has happened with the idea of taking pressure off a person to value his batting,” Butt said speaking on his YouTube channel.

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However, the BCCI on Wednesday appointed Rohit Sharma as the new ODI captain, replacing Virat Kohli. Moreover, Rohit Sharma has been named the deputy of the Test team as well. And, his tenure will begin with the white-ball series against South Africa in January.

“The BCCI had requested Virat to not step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats. So it was decided that Virat will continue as Test captain and Rohit will take over as the white-ball captain. I as President personally spoke to Virat Kohli and the chairman of selectors has also spoken to him,” Sourav Ganguly told ANI.

sourav ganguly
Sourav Ganguly

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Backing the decision, Salman Butt has explained that with the example of Joe Root and added that he did not find Sourav Ganguly’s words that could disrespect Virat Kohli.

“I feel what happened is that board did not want him to leave T20I captaincy, but because he did leave it, you cannot have two white-ball captains. I don’t understand that logic. Even Joe Root plays in ODI cricket, but he isn’t the captain. Don’t see any angle of disrespect here because I don’t expect this to happen to a player of his calibre,” Salman Butt concluded.