BCCI asks media to keep off players

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 15:48 PM IST

New Delhi: As if gagging the players is not enough, the Indian Cricket Board on Friday asked the media to "refrain" from contacting Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men for interviews as the team wants to "concentrate" on its World Cup campaign.

"The members of the media are requested to refrain from constantly contacting the members of the Indian Cricket Team on phone/SMS for interviews/bytes as players would like to concentrate on the ongoing World Cup matches," Board Secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.

The Indian team won its opening match against Bangladesh and is currently training in Bangalore for the second Group B match against England on Sunday.

Every move of the Indian cricket team is making national headlines in the ongoing World Cup with reports ranging from the colour of their jerseys to minor niggles picked up during practice making for breaking news on television channels.

Before the World Cup started, the BCCI told the players not to write any syndicate columns for newspapers to avoid creating any controversy in the middle of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the BCCI also clarified that opener Virender Sehwag is expected to be fit for the game against England despite a minor injury scare after being hit on the ribs during practice.

"Virender Sehwag was hit on the left ribcage in the nets earlier today. He is currently under medication; however he is expected to be fit for the match against England on Sunday," the BCCI statement read.

PTI