Birmingham, May 30: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today refused to break the BCCI gag on him in answering questions on the spot-fixing scandal that has hit IPL except to say that some players are “slightly mentally weak” compared to others.
Addressing a press conference here ahead of the Champions Trophy, he made it clear that he would not answer questions relating to the recent controversies, saying he would definitely speak at the right time.
At the brief press conference, an ICC official reminded the journalists that the interaction should be limited to the Champions Trophy much like the Indian team media manager's intervention during the pre-departure press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Dhoni had come under severe attack from media and commentators for his silence in refusing to answer questions at the Mumbai interaction.
“If I have not answered Indian journalists, there is no reason why I should answer you...at the right time (I will speak),” he said in reply to a question today by a reporter who asked him about the spot-fixing scandal.
Asked if the Champion Trophy is an opportunity to “restore the reputation” of Indian cricket, Dhoni said, “It is not that the reputation has gone. If I go ahead to explain that I would rather answer his question also. When the right time comes, I will answer it.
“As of now, I dont think we have lost the opportunity because whatever the set up is throught out the world or any sport, still you have some people who would be slightly mentally weak as compared to some of the others. I would have loved to elaborate but at the right time I will do it”, he said.