Normally, skipper MS Dhoni addresses the media ahead of any international tour. This time, there was no such press conference © Getty Images
Normally, skipper MS Dhoni addresses the media ahead of any international tour. This time, there was no such press conference © Getty Images

 

March 14, 2014

 

The Indian team left for Bangladesh on Friday without speaking to the media ahead of the ICC World T20 2014. Normally, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) always conducts a press conference before the Indian team’s departure for any tour. However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men took their light on Friday without that usual practice.

 

NDTV reported that the BCCI said that they did not hold the press conference because the players did not have enough time owing to hectic commitments. It said in the statement, “There is no plan behind why we are not holding the pre-departure press conference as such. Just that the boys have come back from a tour and we want to give them some time. Also some of them are playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and will report later on Thursday. Due to lack of time there won’t be any press conference.”

 

However, the Indian team cannot avoid the media for long as the ICC sent out a press release ahead of the tournament, which contains the schedule of media sessions. Once India arrive in Bangladesh, skipper Dhoni will speak to the media at 15:00 local time in Dhaka. On March 15, India are scheduled to have an open media session at 09:45 local time.

 

If the BCCI does intend to shield the players from some uncomfortable questions in the light of their recent poor form and some controversies, the media could pose those questions in Dhaka. But then, with the tournament going on, the players may only be allowed to speak about it.

 

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