BCCI did not gag MS Dhoni, says N Srinivasan

MS Dhoni did not reply to any query made on the ongoing spot-fixing scandal in Indian cricket © PTI

Mumbai: May 30, 2013

BCCI President N Srinivasan has rejected the allegations of the board gagging India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during a press conference, ahead of the team’s departure to England for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Srinivasan accused the media of creating ‘bad blood’, and said that the conference was organised in connection with the Champions Trophy and it wasn’t the ‘right platform’ to discuss other issues, reported The Indian Express.

Srinivasan said, “Let me make it clear, no one has gagged anyone. But yesterday’s [Tuesday] press conference was meant for the Champions Trophy. We mentioned that clearly in our media release. So it was natural that Dhoni answered questions related to that tournament only.”

“These media events are basically goodwill exercises. These are meant for sending goodwill to the team. But all we saw was bad blood,” he added.

The board president said Dhoni was right in remaining quiet: “It was not the right platform. Yesterday’s [Tuesday] session was solely about the Indian team and Champions Trophy. How could IPL figure in that?”

Srinivasan said the BCCI doesn’t curb free speech of cricketers.

“It’s up to the individual. BCCI works in a democratic set-up and it doesn’t have a clause that curbs free speech. We have a code of conduct for the players and they must adhere to team discipline. They can work or speak within the guidelines,” Srinivasan concluded.
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