Mumbai, Nov 14 (UNI) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today reverted back to its old policy of not allowing the national selection committee chairman from interacting with the media on team selection.
''The decision not to allow the selection committee chairman to speak to the media after the meeting was taken at the office bearers sitting (of the BCCI at Delhi) yesterday,'' BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said.
The selectors today chose the team for the first two Tests against Pakistan and the BCCI provided only a media release of the squad, instead of the normal media conference addressed by the chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar.
''We do not have to tell the media why we have taken this decision,'' Mr Shah retorted.
This formula had been followed by the board during the second tenure of Chandu Borde as the chairman of selectors between 1999-2002 and Syed Kirmani during 2003-04.
Incidentally, Vengsarkar was conspicuous by his absence to talk to the media when Anil Kumble was announced as Test captain by BCCI's joint secretary MP Pandove late at night on November 8 in Mohali after the second ODI of the current series.
The former India captain has also been asked to discontinue his syndicated media column by the BCCI.