BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, in a statement issued by the Board after Kohli's big announcement of stepping down India's T20 captaincy after the T20 World Cup in UAE, said the body has been in discussion with Kohli for a while now. "We have a clear roadmap for Team India. Considering the workloads and ensuring that we have a smooth transition, Mr. Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I Captain after the upcoming World Cup," Shah said.
"I have been in discussions with Virat and the leadership team for the last six months and the decision has been thought through. Kohli will continue to contribute as a player and as a senior member of the side in shaping the future course of Indian cricket," he added.
Sharing the news on his social media, Kohli wrote, "I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. I couldn't have done it without them - the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win".
He added, "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.
"I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward."
He concluded by saying, "Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi Bhai and also Rohit, who has been an essential part of the leadership group, I've decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October.
"I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability."