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Print media boycotts Dhoni’s press meet

The Indian cricket set-up is known to create its own rules. It seems the cricketers have started to take a cue from the administrators, reports Amol Karhadkar.

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2010 23:31 IST
Amol Karhadkar

The Indian cricket set-up is known to create its own rules. It seems the cricketers have started to take a cue from the administrators.

After the team succumbed to one of their worst defeats, the think tank conveniently forgot to address the media, which is mandatory according to tournament rules.

This is not to suggest that the team shouldn’t relax after a tough day at work, but the management should respect the guidelines set in place for the tournament.

Soon after the presentation ceremony, Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined the rest of his teammates for a game of football. Even an hour after his Sri Lanka counterpart, Kumar Sangakkara, finished his interaction, the India skipper and manager, Ranjib Biswal, were on the field, paying little heed to the waiting media contingent.

According to an understanding, the three participating teams have agreed to finish media conferences within half hour after the post-match presentation. But just like he had done during the Ahmedabad Test against the same opponents last year, Dhoni preferred to play football. When queried about the inordinate delay, Biswal replied, “We had time till 10.15 pm.” By the time the skipper reached the enclosure, 90 minutes after the end of the match, the print media had boycotted the interaction.