Tiff with Lawson leads to media boycott

Updated: 03 July 2008 16:58 IST

Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson got into an altercation with local media tonight after Pakistan lost their Asia Cup Super Four match against Sri Lanka.

Tiff with Lawson leads to media boycott

Karachi:

Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson got into an altercation with the local media tonight after Pakistan lost their Asia Cup Super Four match against Sri Lanka by 64-runs.

Lawson's press conference was boycotted by the local media with the Indians also following them after the Australian passed some remarks which were perceived as insulting by the reporters.

"Before we start, let us have some ground rules. Don't make statements, ask questions and I will only answer sensible questions," Lawson said at the outset.

This led to a local journalist asking him if he would be dictating to the press what to do to which Lawson remarked "your English is not very good", which only aggravated the situation.

Lawson was also heard telling another journalist that he was being rude and finally the local media walked off from the press conference and Lawson was booed while waiting for the lift to go down to the dressing room.

The incident was apparently triggered by a growing tension between the local media on one hand and the Pakistan coach and captain Shoaib Malik on the other.

The local medaia had been unsparing in asking some tough questions over selection matters and performance of the team. Malik also had unsavoury exchanges with the media two days back.

Topics : Cricket Geoff Lawson
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