Over the last couple of months, there have been various statements reported by news tabloids in which BCCI members have anonymously given statements, most of which have been deemed to be untrue. Therefore, the board have decided to take a step against it.
According to a report in the Indian Express, amidst the BCCI looking to work things out in terms of planning for the Indian Premier League this year, it has asked all their staff to not talk to the media. Those not keeping with the gag order are in line to face disciplinary action including suspension.
In the emailed order to almost a 100 people working at the Mumbai office and the Bengaluru office at the National Cricket Academy, BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s office has warned all employees against leaking critical information.
The email read, “It has been brought to our notice that some of the BCCI employees are going out in the media and giving interviews. This is against employees’ contract and poses risk of leaking out critical information of the organisation. It is expected that all of you, whether intentionally or unintentionally, who are leaking any critical information to the media or giving interview without permission from the office-bearers will address this situation immediately. If in future any current employee of BCCI, without prior permission, gives any kind of information to the media via any communication channel, they will have to face disciplinary action, up to and including suspension without pay and termination of employment.”
The mail made it clear that all employees henceforth need to take permission of office-bearers before talking to the media.