Afridi, not barred from talking to media: Cheema

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Published: Friday, June 8, 2012, 15:32 [IST]
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No restriction on Afridi, says Cheema

Islamabad, Jun 8: Pakistan team manager Naveed Cheema has denied reports saying that he had not restricted Afridi from talking to the media.

The team manager has cited Afridi's unavailability as the reason for not interacting with the media.

While there are rumours regarding the same, as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and team management have stopped Afridi from speaking to the media in order to avoid controversies.

"There is no restriction on Afridi to speak to the media. If he has not spoken to the media in Sri Lanka it is because of availability issues," Cheema said.

"As far as the Man-of-the-Match ceremonies or pre or post match conferences are concerned, the captain has the prerogative of deciding either to go himself before the media or to send some player for these customary interactions with the media," he added.

After his public row with the Pakistan Cricket Board and its former chairman Ijaz Butt, Afridi has been drawing a lot of attention on and off the field.


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