All the selectors put together have not even played half the number of games Virat Kohli has for India: Kirti Azad

Virat Kohli was sacked as the captain of the Indian ODI side ahead of India’s tour to South Africa.

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The Virat Kohli captaincy issue has been the talk of the cricketing world. The 33-year-old Kohli was sacked as the captain of the Indian ODI side ahead of India’s tour to South Africa. But then, what grabbed the limelight is the fact that the version given by Kohli and the one given by the BCCI have been contradictory.

While the BCCI maintains that Kohli was removed as ODI captain after he stepped down as T20I captain against the wishes of the BCCI, Kohli maintains that his decision to step down was received well.

And, former Indian all-rounder Kirti Azad has opined that a national selector selects a team, and this team will then go to the BCCI President. Azad also added that this team that has been selected would then be signed by the BCCI President and would subsequently be announced.

“If this was to be decided by the selectors, they should have gone up to the president. Generally, what happens is that when a team is selected – when I was also a national selector – we would select the team and go to the president of the board. He would see, okay it, sign it and then it would be announced. But it is always the custom that a team after being selected goes to have a look,” said Kirti Azad as quoted by Times Now.

I feel Virat Kohli is hurt: Kirti Azad

Kirti Azad also added that when a captain of the Indian side is changed, the BCCI President is informed. Adding that Virat Kohli might be hurt by the way he has been removed, Azad concluded by stating that all the selectors put together have not even played half the number of matches that Kohli has played for the Indian side.

“So obviously, if you are changing the captain for any format, you write and inform the president. Virat is not upset, but I feel he is hurt for the way he has been informed. So once it went to Sourav, he could have also unofficially spoken about it.

You can understand, I don’t want to say this. All the selectors are really great guys, but if you put their total number of matches, it won’t be even half of what Virat has played,” concluded Azad.