Virat Kohli says he will step down as India’s T20I captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup.
However, he wants to continue as Test and ODI captain.
In a statement posted to his official Twitter, Kohli said “Understanding workload is a very important 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 need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI Cricket.”
See his statement:
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2021
The T20 World Cup will be played in the UAE in October-November.
The BCCI has since issued a statement as well, with President Sourav Ganguly saying “Virat has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb. He is one of the most successful captains in all the formats. The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. We thank Virat for his tremendous performance as the T20I Captain. We wish him all the best for the upcoming World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India.”
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— BCCI (@BCCI) September 16, 2021