BCCI defies intl media boycott of India-England cricket series

Sachin Tendulkar bats during the net practice at  Wankhade Stadium

"The BCCI wishes to clarify that it has not placed any restrictions on the number, nature or type of images that can be captured or published by accredited photo journalists from bona fide publications and news agencies.

"Any failure by accredited photographers to capture images at the venue or by accredited publications to provide photographic or other coverage is purely their own decision.

Under the circumstances, the BCCI decided to supply and license a limited number of images from each day's play to all accredited media for their editorial use," the Board said.

"This was neither the intended nor desired approach of the BCCI for the series but is a facility made available to all bona fide media outlets given the decision by accredited news agencies to not undertake coverage.

"The BCCI does not, and has no intention to, censor or limit bona fide news reporting. Any attempt by third parties to portray the BCCI's legitimate decision, as further described above, as media censorship grossly misrepresents the facts. The BCCI continues to provide accredited access to all bona fide news publications and news agencies who wish to cover the series," it added.

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