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HindustanTimes Wed,26 Nov 2014

Cricket

Dhoni, Fletcher won't take queries before T20 World Cup
Sai Prasad Mohapatra, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 12, 2014
First Published: 01:04 IST(12/3/2014)
Last Updated: 18:06 IST(12/3/2014)

The World Twenty20 is an opportunity for the India team to return to winning ways after a string of defeats. But beleaguered skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not have to explain anything to the media before the team leaves for Dhaka on Friday.

The BCCI has controversially done away with the pre-departure press conference, making it convenient for the skipper and coach Duncan Fletcher to duck for cover.

These are tough times for the Indian cricket Board, its boss N Srinivasan, the national team captain and coach. The storm whipped up by the IPL spot-fixing scandal is still blowing. The Justice Mukul Mudgal panel report indicated all is not well, and the matter is now before the Supreme Court. To top it all, India’s losing streak continued in the Asia Cup which ended in Bangladesh a few days ago — they didn’t give a presser before leaving for that tournament either.

The decision to avoid the media has been criticised by former players, who feel it is important for the team management to send out a message to fans. Former skipper Dilip Vengsarkar came down heavily on the attitude of the Board.

“I can imagine the position of both the captain and coach. In the last 2-3 years, India’s performances have been really abysmal. They practically have no answer to offer for their bad performances. Having said that, they should still face the media to explain the shortcomings, acknowledge the mistakes and send out a positive message that can inspire confidence in the team as well as the followers of the game… So, it is hard to understand why there is an attempt to gag them,” said Vengasarkar.


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