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Sourav Ganguly's BCCI should take the blame for mishandling the captaincy situation

It hasn't been a good week for sports administrations across the world. The FiA, which is the governing body of Formula 1 racing has been embroiled in controversy for its handling of the Abu Dhabi GP and in turn deciding the World Championship. UEFA's credibility has been questioned several times in the past and the latest one was when they botched the last 16 draw of the Champions League.

Indian Cricket is in a similar predicament at the moment. In the middle of it are three of the famous names in Indian cricket history, fighting for supremacy.

Indian cricket has been in this situation before. There was Kapil Dev-Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin-Sachin Tendulkar and also the sacking of Sourav Ganguly where the change in captaincy wasn't smooth. In spite of these experiences, it seems that the BCCI hasn't learnt anything.

It all started when Virat Kohli, out of the blue, relinquished the captaincy in the shortest format of the game citing workload management. The decision was inevitable as there were only three captains in the world who led their sides in all three formats, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Babar Azam. Because these are players who are a level above their teammates, both in terms of stature and ability. But the New Zealand and Pakistan captains don't come close to the spotlight and scrutiny an Indian captain has to face. Virat Kohli has been doing it for close to 5 years.

Reports stated that the BCCI was initially reluctant to strip the T20 captaincy off Virat. But after India's ignominious exit from the T20 World Cup, it was clear that the Kohli-Shastri regime had to end, at least in white-ball cricket.

But the bombshell announcement came when India released their test squad for the South Africa series. Along with the test squad, the BCCI slipped in the news that Rohit Sharma will lead India in both ODI's and T20's like no one would notice. Surely there were better ways to announce the news like holding a joint press conference rather than a one-line quote in a tweet.

This is Virat Kohli, the best white-ball player India has ever produced and he has a win percentage of 70.43% in ODI's as captain, only behind Clive Lloyd, Ricky Ponting and Hansie Cronje. To make matters worse the BCCI then waited for a good 24 hours to thank Virat and it was done as if to reduce the backlash from the fans and media.

It was reported that the BCCI didn't want split white-ball captains. So, the natural thing would be to hand both captaincy roles to Rohit Sharma. But the manner in which the transition took place has once again exposed the incompetencies of the board.

Perhaps the most surprising thing of all is that this is happening under the regime of Sourav Ganguly. The very notion of appointing a past cricketer as the BCCI president was to ensure clear communication between the players and the board.

Ganguly had been in a similar situation in his playing days when he was stripped of the captaincy in 2005. Logic dictates that he would ensure those kinds of controversies wouldn't happen under his presidency. But he and the rest of the board members and the selectors remained silent and didn't act until the situation spiralled out of control.

There were rumours that Kohli will miss the ODI series against South Africa due to his child's birthday. These types of rumours were quite common during Ganguly's captaincy reign until Dhoni came along and made it a closed shop. The BCCI once again remained silent and watched as the drama unfolded.

Amidst all this madness, Virat gave an interview stating that he had been informed of the captaincy change before the selection meeting for the test series. This clearly indicates there is some friction between the BCCI and Kohli. So, there are two faces to the story and it is up to the fans to decide which side they believe in.

Whichever side they choose, there are no winners in this battle except the loser is Indian Cricket.

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