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Virat Kohli to quit T20I captaincy: Decision made keeping in mind future roadmap, says BCCI

New Delhi

Virat Kohli on Thursday announced he will step down as India’s T20 captain after the T20 World Cup in UAE but will still lead the side in ODIs and Test cricket.

Sourav Ganguly, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that the choice has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap.

“Virat has been a real asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb. he’s altogether |one amongst|one in every of”> one among the foremost successful captains in all the formats,” said Sourav Ganguly.

“The decision has been made keeping in mind the longer-term roadmap.”

“We thank Virat for his tremendous performance because the T20I Captain. We wish him all the simplest for the upcoming World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to attain many runs for India,” added Ganguly.

The decision, Kohli said, was taken after consulting head coach Ravi Shastri, his heir Rohit, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, and secretary Jay Shah.

“I are fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey because of the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. I couldn’t have done it without them – the boys, the support staff, the choice committee, my coaches, and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win,” said Kohli.

“Understanding workload may be a vital thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for last 5-6 years, I feel I want to offer myself space to be fully able to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket.

“I have given everything to the team during my time as T20 captain and that I will still do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward. Of course, arriving at this decision took tons of your time.

“After tons of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi Bhai and also Rohit, who are an important a part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down because of the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman in October. I even have also spoken to the secretary Mr. Jay Shah and therefore the President of BCCI Mr. Sourav Ganguly alongside all the selectors about an equivalent. i will be able to still serve Indian Cricket and therefore the Indian Team to the most effective of my ability,” said Kohli.

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