Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt slams the BCCI’s chief selector Chetan Sharma as the latter gave a clarification on his communication between them (selectors) and Virat Kohli. Butt opines that the statement was totally uncalled for and wasn’t required at the stage when team India is in the middle of an important Test series.

In a press conference ahead of the South Africa tour, India Test captain Virat Kohli contradicted Sourav Ganguly’s statement in which the BCCI president said that he personally requested Virat to reconsider his resignation from the T20I captaincy.

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

On Friday, the BCCI chief selector Chetan Sharma clarified that everyone present in the selection meeting for T20 World Cup requested Virat Kohli to reconsider his resignation but he didn’t. So the selectors decided to make a single captain in both white-ball formats hence he was sacked from ODI captaincy.

Sharing his thoughts on his Youtube channel, Salman Butt opined that there was no need to make any statement on the topic. Especially when the team scripted a historic Test win at Centurion, he could have avoided to speak on the topic, feels Salman Butt.

“There was absolutely no need for him to bring this topic up once again because the team is playing, they won a match and is now looking to win the series. And the same guy you talked about is actually the captain of the team and the person he had a word with his presently recovering from Covid (Sourav Ganguly),” Salman Butt said.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Miscommunications happen all the time, it is not such a big deal. And when the team is winning and is in rhythm, these talks are unnecessary and to bring it back again. If someone did ask you that question, you should have moved on. And then there was a whole new separate topic that was brought up giving a different direction and from a relevant person. Totally unnecessary, uncalled for, not required at this stage. The discussion was over, let it go please, the team has just won a Test match,” he added.

Notable that Virat Kohli & co. became the first Asian side to win a Test match at Centurion after beating the hosts by 113 runs in the first. The second Test of the series will begin on January 3 in Johannesburg.

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