England tour of India - Cricket: Ganguly clarifies ban on players speaking to media

Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 15:39 [IST]
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Mohali: Skipper Saurav Ganguly on Thursday justified his controversial ban on the team from speaking to the media, maintaining that they should concentrate on their game.

However, he clarified that the restriction on talking to the press was only confined to the period when a Test match was on.

"They would not speak only during the Test matches. Let them concentrate on cricket for five days and then they are free to speak to the media," he told reporters after India notched up an emphatic ten-victory over England on the fourth day of the first Test in Mohali on Thursday.

None of the Indian team members other than coach John Wright turned up for the customary briefing after the day's play on Wednesday sparking off speculation about their being gagged by the captain.

Ganguly was apparently peeved with media reports of his unhappiness with the selectors for not consulting him while picking the team for the first Test at Mohali.


Story first published:  Saturday, December 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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