Ravi Shastri said: ”I don’t read newspapers. You people should read the papers, we should go and play cricket." © IANS
Ravi Shastri said: ”I don’t read newspapers. You people should read the papers, we should go and play cricket.” © IANS

Mirpur (Bangladesh): India cricket team director Ravi Shastri on Saturday chose to avoid the Taskin AhmedMahendra Singh Dhoni picture controversy saying he does not “read newspapers”. On Friday, two days ahead of the Asia Cup final between India and Bangladesh, a picture of right-arm pacer Ahmed carrying the severed head of the Indian limited-overs captain Dhoni had gone viral on social media. Reportedly the picture was posted by a Bangladesh fan. When asked about it at the pre-match media conference, Shastri said: “I don’t read newspapers. You people should read the papers, we should go and play cricket. I don’t have a habit of reading when there are matches around. You read, think about what is written and make your assessments on that. We will only go out there and play cricket.” FULL Cricket Scorecard: India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 2016 Final at Mirpur

This is not the first time a Bangladesh fan has targeted India on social media. Earlier in 2015 when India struggled to cope with pacer Mustafizur Rahman, a Bangladesh newspaper had published a picture of half-shaved heads of the Indian players, in order to show the after-effects of Mustafizur’s ‘cutters’.

A recent photograph of Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed carrying the head of India skipper MS Dhoni has been doing the rounds posted by Bangladeshi fan. This image was posted by Bangladeshi fan just before the final of India and Bangladesh on Sunday at Mirpur. This was not the first first time a Bangladeshi fan has posted a picture on social media with regards to Indian cricketers, a similar situation erupted at the time of India-Bangladesh series where Indian batsmen were facing difficulties to play against Bangladesh start bowler Mustafizur Rahman who made his debut in that series.