Champions Trophy 2013: Any personal distractions, skipper? Dhoni replies with a 'smile'

The India skipper facing a media trial on his 'conflicting' role in a sports management company smartly avoided a query whether off-field events were distracting him ahead of the Champions Trophy opener versus South Africa.

updated: June 06, 2013 02:06 IST
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Cardiff: It was a question that was on the lip of every journalist but the Board of Control for Cricket in India's alleged 'gag' order on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues here in the United Kingdom. When Dhoni left Indian shores in the early hours on May 29, he fended off questions on Indian Premier League spot-fixing issues with a smile. He continues to do the same, still "waiting for the right time to speak out." (Read: India vs South Africa match preview)

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When asked 'if personal distractions' were affecting his preparation for the Champions Trophy opener against South Africa, a smiling Dhoni replied: "There are no distractions. We are focused on the tournament and concentrating on playing under the new rules." (Read: Champions Trophy players to surrender mobile phones before boarding team bus)

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