Lahore:Security concerns have compelled the Pakistan Cricket Board to shut out the media from its National Cricket Academy where the country's Twenty20 squad is training for the series against England in Dubai.
Board officials said the media had not been allowed entry into the academy where the Pakistani players started their training on Friday.
"Because of the prevailing security situation in the country we are taking no chances. There is also an increased number of policemen patrolling inside the academy where the players are attending the camp," an official said.
He said not only the media, but anyone not connected with the academy or the camp was not allowed entry into the NCA because of security reasons.
Because of the unusual security precautionary measures, captain Shoaib Malik was forced to come out of the academy to talk to the waiting journalists.
"Malik spoke to the media outside the academy today. The media was told set up their cameras near the shops on the outer side of the Gaddafi stadium walls," another official said.
Pakistan will play two Twenty20 matches against England next week.