Sunil Gavaskar slams selection committee for allowing Virat Kohli to continue as captain

Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar questioned why Virat Kohli has automatically continued in his position as skipper even though his term ended with the showpiece event in England and Wales. The former India skipper feels that there should have been a formal meeting to re-appoint Kohli.

Sunil Gavaskar in a column in a leading English daily wrote: “They selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee`s pleasure. To the best of our knowledge his (Kohli`s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment”

The selection committee chairman MSK Prasad named Kohli as captain for all the three formats for the Windies tour that starts with T20Is.

Moreover, Gavaskar went on to question the way Kohli is getting his choice of team.

“Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectation performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals,” Gavaskar said.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) stated that they will not review the performance of the team in the showpiece event and only the manager’s report will be looked into.

Source : Various

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