ICC World Cup 2019 News: Media boycott, dope test and more

Daily snippets from the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales

Photo courtesy: Facebook/Indian Cricket Team
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Indian Cricket Team



Indian Media Boycotts Press Conference

India's 2019 ICC World Cup campaign began on a discordant note with the Indian media contingent boycotting the team press conference ahead of the clash against South Africa.

Reports indicated that senior members of the press fraternity were upset that a press meet before India began their quest for a third title was being attended by net bowlers Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan and Khaleel Ahmed and not by the captain, coach or a senior member of the team.

The journalists were reportedly told that since Chahar and Avesh are heading back to India, they should be given the opportunity to interact with the media. However, this did not sit well with the members of the press who told the BCCI media manager to cancel the session as it was unfair to both the media as well as the two youngsters, who have no authority to answer team related queries.

Bumrah undergoes dope test

Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah underwent a random dope test ahead of India’s clash against South Africa at the 2019 ICC World Cup. The test was conducted as per World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules. The global body does not follow any specific system and can call anybody to provide a urine sample.

India has in the past raised issue with dope tests by India’s National Anti-Doping Agency. However, with the ICC World Cup being a global event, they have to comply with international rules.

Thomas Muller wishes Kohli and Team India

Archer, Roy and Pakistan team fined by ICC

England’s Jofra Archer and Jason Roy were each fined 15 per cent of their match fees for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during their World Cup match against Pakistan yesterday.

As per the International Cricket Council media release, Roy was using audible obscenities in the match, which is a breach of Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

Archer was fined for having breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which related to showing dissent at an umpire’s decision. The incident occurred in the 27th over of Pakistan's innings, when Archer showed obvious dissent following a wide delivery.

In addition to the 15 per cent fine, one demerit point has been added to both Roy’s and Archer’s disciplinary records.

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was fined 20 per cent of his match fees while his teammates were fined 10 per cent each of their match fees for maintaining a slow over rate.