Virat Kohli. Captain of Indian cricket team. Currently on a New Zealand tour with the team. India has already won the five-match T20I series going on 3-0. During this tour, Kohli gave a statement, which was discussed a lot. Kohli had expressed his dissatisfaction with Team India’s continuous play.
Now Diana Edulji, former member of BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) has commented on this. Speaking to ‘The Indian Express’, Edulji has reprimanded Kohli. Edulji, who was in the COA till last October, has clearly said that Captain Kohli was among those who approved this tour two years ago.
Edulji said that the Future Tour Program (FTP) up to 2023 was approved by Kohli. According to Edulji, it was approved by Kohli, former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and head coach Ravi Shastri at a hotel in Delhi on 30 November 2017. They said,
It is strange to complain about this by Virat. I think he is playing too much cricket and has forgotten that he had done this schedule. We have not imposed it on the players. He knew that he would land in New Zealand just three days before the series started. It was in writing. It was approved only when the players agreed. ‘
Edulji was part of the COA when it went into effect. Former CAG Vinod Rai was heading this committee. This committee was appointed by the Supreme Court. When FTP was discussed, Dhoni was captaining India in limited overs, while Kohli was the Test captain. This committee was scrapped after the BCCI elections in October, 2019.
Talking about Kohli’s statement, he spoke on the schedule on January 24, before the first T20I match of this series started. Kohli said in response to a question,
‘It is getting very close to landing directly from the airport to the stadium.’
Actually, the Indian cricket team reached New Zealand on 21 January. Two days before this, the team played the third ODI of the three-match series against Australia in Bengaluru. Kohli further said,
‘Hopefully, this will be taken care of in the future.’
On the New Zealand Tour, India has to play five T20I matches in 10 days. After this, the team will play three ODIs in seven days. After Kohli’s statement, former IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla had placed the responsibility on the COA.