Team India at World Cup: 'Exclusive chats' only with BCCI, media kept out

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to have gagged Indian players from talking to the media during the ICC World Cup 2015 but the high profile cricketers are allowed to express their views only through the board's official channel - its website.

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According to a report by "AFP" news agency today from Melbourne, the large contingent of Indian reporters following the team in Australia at the World Cup are "frustrated" with players not speaking publicly.

The only press conferences so far has been from captain MS Dhoni on the eve of the clash against Pakistan and after the 76-run victory over their traditional rivals on Sunday (February 15).

However, since that match to the next one, against South Africa (February 22), there is nothing lined up while other teams continue to interact with the media.

Why is BCCI controlling the players during such a big tournament. Are they scared of misquoting and leading to some controversies?

But that control doses not apply to BCCI itself. So far, we have seen interviews on the Indian cricket board's website from players. Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny have spoken in "exclusive chats" to BCCI.

Indian players are training for South Africa game and the media manager has stated there will be "no media activity", "AFP" added.

The next public speaking (barring BCCI website), will be on Saturday (February 21) on the eve of South Africa game. This pre-match press conference is mandatory. The norm is the captain of the team speaks but this time he will skip and Virat Kohli will take questions, "AFP" said.

This is not the first time BCCI is asking its players to maintain silence. It has happened in the past and will continue.

BCCI has its own way of functioning. The 'Control' in BCCI is always at work.

When will this change?

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