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Pakistan cricketers under gag order

Cricketers attending the national training camp have been restricted from speaking to the media by manager-cum-coach Talat Ali after captain Shoaib Malik was misquoted in a recent report.

“Only the captain, chief selector and myself can speak to the media that is also if it is absolutely necessary. When the matches start, obviously the top performer will attend the media conference. But for now no player is allowed to speak to the press,” Talat said on the sidelines of the camp in Lahore.According to Pakistan Cricket Board sources, Malik was quoted as saying in a section of media that Talat did not have control over the proceedings or players.

“Malik was summoned by Talat who wanted an explanation for the reports. Malik, however, denied he had said this and insisted his words had been twisted by the media,” one source said.

Talat confirmed on Monday that Malik had been misquoted as he had merely said the team was missing coach Bob Woolmer who died during the World Cup in the West Indies.

“He had basically meant to say that it was after a long time that Woolmer was not there to control the nets and that the players were missing him,” Talat said.

The media sources also faced different set of problems when a couple of reporters from a television channel and newspaper approached Mohammad Yousuf for an interview and were told to pay $1000. Similar complaints have been received about some other players too.

Source: Hindu Times

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