In a surprise turn of events , only two days before their opening match of the ICC World Cup 2019 against South Africa, media boycotted Team India’s press conference.
As it happened Team India was involved in an embarrassing situation as the move to send net bowlers – Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar – for interaction with media backfired. While skipper Virat Kohli will be speaking to media on the eve of the South Africa clash, it was expected that coach Ravi Shastri with one of the senior players could come at the presser on Monday.
The team management’s decision to send the net bowlers, citing the reason that two of them (Chahar and Avesh) would be leaving the team soon, wasn’t welcomed by the media who decided to boycott the press conference. The senior media persons expressed disappointment at the arrangement and said that the session can be called off in such a situation, as it isn’t fair to either media or the young bowlers who aren’t really a part of the Indian contingent for the World Cup and are hence not authorised to speak on their behalf.
The media manager, when asked why no player or support staff was made available to the journalists for the presser, said that the decision came as India haven’t yet started their World Cup campaign.
Even in the year 2015, the relationship between the Indian team and the players wasn’t the best as skipper MS Dhoni would attend every press conference while top players of respective matches would speak to BCCI TV.
The Indian team was involved in a net session on Monday, where Rohit Sharma had taken a hit on his hand while taking throwdowns. It wasn’t a major issue, however, as the Hitman continued to remain in the nets afterwards without showing any discomfort.
While the tournament is up and running for the rest of the teams in the World Cup, India will have to wait a little more to get a taste of the quadrennial event. Their opening fixture will take place on June 5 in Southampton against a Proteas side which has suffered defeats in both of its first two matches of the campaign.