The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has landed in hot waters before the World Cup for now following International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) protocol. The governing body of the game has made it mandatory for the teams to send the players to the mixed media zone post a match. The BCCI, however, has not followed it and the ICC has taken note of it.
As per the members participation agreement signed by all the boards, the players should be sent for the media interaction after a match irrespective of the result. In fact, as per the agreement, all the 15 players in the squad should be sent for the interaction, albeit for a brief period of time. The ICC, however, have made it clear that they will be fine even if the teams send three or four players. However, not a single player from the Indian team was spared after their first warm-up game, against New Zealand. On the other hand, quite a number of New Zealand players had attended the mixed zone.
The Bangalore Mirror has now reported that the ICC and the World Cup organisers have written to the BCCI. The ICC is reportedly worried that other teams will take cue from the Indians and start skipping the ‘walk through’ the media barricade where journalists are generally allowed a couple of questions for every player.
ICC’s head of events Chris Titley has taken up the matter with the Indian team. The issue was also brought to the attention of coach Ravi Shastri. The ICC had introduced the mixed media zone practise at the 2017 Champions Trophy. India are likely to pay heed to the notice from the ICC and allow the players to interact with the media after the games.
Meanwhile, India beat Bangladesh by 95 runs on Tuesday to get back to winning ways after losing the first warm-up contest. The World Cup will start on May 30 while India kickstart their campaign on June 5 against South Africa.