Team India instructed not to leak dressing room talks

Published: Friday, June 22, 2007, 0:42 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a bid to see that no fresh controversy crops out surrounding talks in the dressing rooms being leaked out, has given strict instructions to the team touring Ireland, Scotland and England not to leak happenings in the dressing room and team meetings.

A letter, written by BCCI's Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty, has directed the team members to keep under wraps ''the talks in dressing room and team meetings.''

The reason for this is quite obvious as the BCCI does not want a repeat of the sort of explosive situation which came up when Greg Chappell was the coach and Sourav Ganguly, the captain got involved in one of cricket's most talked about public spats during the tour of Zimbabwe in 2005.

The players have also been told not to give interviews to the media without the prior permission of the team management, a continuation of the practice that has been followed for the last few tours.

Skipper Rahul Dravid had made it clear at the pre-departure media conference that the players would not give exclusive interviews to the media during the tour.

''On match days the performer on that day will be asked to meet the media through a common media conference,'' he said.

This too has been included in the letter given by the Board which states that on practice days the team management will decide which player will talk to the media.

''On match days the performer of the day should be available for the media briefing,'' the letter states.


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