ICC World Twenty20: Team India ducks media again, BCCI says players have no time

Ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup, the Indian team chose to give the media a cold shoulder. The BCCI's unofficial gag order on players and coaches has left journalists in the lurch. Are players scared to face tough questions?

updated: March 14, 2014 00:15 IST
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In a little under 24 hours, the Indian cricket team will embark on its ICC Twenty20 World Cup campaign in Bangladesh. But no one will hear skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni spell out his vision for the mission. Saddled by controversies over team's abysmal performances in the recent past and the fixing fiasco, the BCCI has preferred a stoic silence from the captain and the coach. So much so that even the selectors have been gagged. (Read: Virat Kohli rearing to get back into action)

The Men in Blue left Indian shores ahead of the Asia Cup more than a fortnight ago without doing the customary press conference. Why? Maybe because that would be the best way for the BCCI to shield their captain, who has been hounded by reporters ever since the Mukul Mudgal report on fixing and betting in the IPL was released. After all, his former boss at Chennai Super Kings, Gurunath Meiyappan was found guilty of illegal betting. (Read: The seven big points of BCCI's reply to Supreme Court on Mudgal committee's probe report on IPL corruption)

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