Indian Cricket Team who is in England for the ICC Cricket World 2019 is gearing up for their inaugural encounter against South Africa that is scheduled on the 5th of June at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Having won their final warmup match against Bangladesh comprehensively, the Men in Blue will be looking to build on the momentum.
However, the ICC doesn’t necessarily seem pleased with the BCCI as the organisers aren’t happy with the Indian players avoiding the media sessions after their games. The council has also written to the Indian Board raising the issue of Indian players not being sent to the mixed zone post their matches.
With reference to the Member’s participation agreement which has been signed by all the boards, it is mandatory to send the players for the media interactions, irrespective of the result of the game.
The issue cropped up after India’s first Warmup match featuring New Zealand, no Indian player showed up for the interactions whereas a few of the Kiwis did turn up for the same. As a result, the Indian Team Management and the Board had to be made aware of the situation.
The mixed media zone was introduced during the 2017 Champions Trophy and has been a staple since in every major cricket tournament. The ICC’s head of events Chris Titley has ensured that Team India’s Head Coach Ravi Shastri is kept in the loop regarding the practice of sending players to the media zone.
The Apex Council is concerned about the other teams taking a cue from Team India in skipping the Media sessions, as a result, they want to ensure that this issue is taken up seriously by the concerned parties.