New Delhi: Errant DDCA officials today barred media from covering the training session of Mumbai Indians ahead of their opening match in the Indian Premier League against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium on Sunday.
As soon as Mumbai Indians` side hit the ground in the evening, accredited journalists and photographers made desperate efforts to get a peek into the practice session of the Sachin Tendulkar-led side, only to be shooed away by arrogant DDCA office bearers and police officials.
While the camera persons ran from pillar to post to get permission from DDCA officials to cover the session even as Mumbai Indians went about their business for nearly two hours without their captain and senior India batsman Tendulkar, who was in Chennai for the opening ceremony of the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament.
When contacted, DDCA officials claimed ignorance and passed the buck to the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI).
"We can`t have any say in this issue as we have been asked by the BCCI officials not to allow lensmen from covering the practice session. We can`t help it. You need to contact BCCI administrators," a DDCA officials said on condition of anonymity.
Asked to explain the logic behind keeping media at bay from training sessions, both Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians media managers said, "We have no control over the issue and can`t explain you the reasons."