'Kohli's removal as skipper handled badly'

Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif reckons that change of guard in Indian cricket won’t adversely affect its brand since the country has enough depth in talent apart from financial might to withstand the churning. The Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI) recently removed Virat Kohli as ODI skipper and later the star batter announced quitting leadership in Tests as well. He had already quit T20 captaincy.

The manner in which all the recent developments occurred and the controversy created presented a poor picture of Indian cricket. However Latif said none of it should adversely affect Indian cricket. They have a strong base in the IPL and Indian cricket is now established as financially very strong so eventually I don’t think these recent changes or happenings should have any bearing on Indian cricket as a brand, Latif said on the ‘Cricket Baaz’ Youtube channel.

'I think a lot now depends on how Rohit Sharma handles the team but he has his own style of leading the side and he has already achieved a lot with Mumbai Indians in the IPL. It remains to be seen how motivated he will be to captain in Tests. Kohli brought energy and purpose to his captaincy and team.