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    Players are free to speak to the media: KKR

    Mohali: The management of Kolkata Knight Riders rubbished reports suggesting that they have issued an embargo on players from talking to the media apart from scheduled press conferences.

    "We have just heard from the Kolkata media about this. There are reports that we are not allowing any interaction with the players other than the official press conferences. I want to say on record - that's not true. There is no media blockage at all," KKR team director Joy Bhattacharya told reporters on Tuesday.

    After team coach Trevor Bayliss had finished addressing a news conference on the eve of KKR's IPL match against Kings XI Punjab to be played in Mohali on Wednesday, Bhattacharya said that he wanted to make a statement about the media reports. He said on the match days, the team management would not entertain any media requests for interviews with the players, and there were other occasions such as when on travel days, when the players did not want to give interviews.

    "Otherwise, we (the players) are happy to give interviews. But please understand, other than press conferences and sponsor requests, the prerogative to give an interview or not lies with the player. We can't force players to give interviews. But we can put forward the requests to them and we will be very happy to facilitate that," said Bhattacharya, who handles the media activities for his team. "The issue is that if a player wants to do the interview on a non-match day or a practice day, we will be happy to do it," he added.