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Restraint,please,Board tells Team India

Statements by Sehwag,Dhoni,Gambhir have fueled speculation about rift in the dressing room.

A day after Virender Sehwag’s controversial press conference after the Brisbane defeat to Sri Lanka,BCCI president N Srinivasan asked secretary Sanjay Jagdale to talk to the team management in Australia. The message has now gone out to the cricketers: show restrain during interactions with the media.

The provocation for the intervention by Srinivasan,who spoke to Jagdale on the sidelines of the IPL governing council meet in Mumbai on Wednesday,was Sehwag’s comments. Statements by Sehwag,skipper Dhoni and opener Gambhir at press conferences have fueled speculation about a rift in the dressing room.

Reacting to Dhoni’s comments about fielding being one of the reason for the team’s rotation policy,Sehwag had said: “What Dhoni told us was that he wants to give chance to youngsters,because they will be the ones who will come here and play the next World Cup.”

He added that he wasn’t aware that the rationale for him (Sehwag),Sachin Tendulkar and Gambhir not getting a game together was,as Dhoni said,their onfield slowness.

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While there was a view in the BCCI that Sehwag should be pulled up,it was eventually decided that a general instruction should be conveyed to the entire team.

“There is bound to be difference of opinion between individuals but some players are speaking too much of late. Their job is to concentrate on the game,” a top BCCI official told The Indian Express on Thursday.

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