ibnlive » Cricketnext

Aug 26, 2014 at 09:51pm IST

Team India avoids media ahead of 2nd ODI

Cardiff: Hit by controversies right through their troubled England tour, the Indian team management on Wednesday sought to stay clear of the media by not sending any player for the pre-match press conference ahead of the second ODI against the hosts.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had created a flutter at the first press conference ahead of the series-opener by declaring that coach Duncan Fletcher continued to remain the 'boss' of the team and would do so till the 2015 World Cup.

ALSO SEE Shastri's appointment puts pressure on Dhoni, Fletcher

The BCCI took strong exception to Dhoni's statement, saying that he had "overstepped his brief" and it was "unbecoming of an Indian captain" to make such comments. The BCCI had also decided to take up the matter at its next Working Committee Meeting.

Team India avoids media ahead of 2nd ODI

The team had a strenuous net session where both Fletcher and Shastri were present but no one from the Indian side addressed the media at the pre-match press conference. (AFP Photo)

Dhoni, however, chose to skip the press conference on Wednesday while the team management did not depute any player to face the media, a move which could have been taken to avoid any further controversy.

ALSO SEE Dhoni no one to decide on Fletcher's future

The media has raised questions on who was actually the 'boss' of the Indian team following former cricketer Ravi Shastri's appointment as the Director of Cricket in the wake of the shambolic performance in the Test series.

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel had made it clear that the team would now be "Ravi Shastri's baby" and Fletcher will have to report to him.

ALSO SEE BCCI calls Dhoni comments on Fletcher as personal opinion

Shastri himself had said in media interviews that Fletcher will have to report to him and he will be the overall incharge of the team.

The Indian team had a strenuous net session where both Fletcher and Shastri were present. But when it was time for the press conferees, a message was sent out that no one from the Indian side would address the media.

ALSO SEE Fletcher will lead India into World Cup: Dhoni

  • 1344
  • 12
  • 2

Latest