NO MEDIA IN SRI LANKA
The Cricket Writers’ Club regrets that it is not possible for travelling media to cover the upcoming England men’s tour to Sri Lanka due to the global pandemic. CWC regards the presence of reporters on the ground to provide eye-witness accounts to be a fundamental tenet of first hand, accurate, journalism.
CWC has been in regular contact with both the ECB and Sri Lanka Cricket in an effort to enable photographers, writers and broadcasters to travel under strict bio-security protocols. However logistical challenges grew, and a decision was taken by Sri Lanka Cricket to close accreditation to both local, as well as foreign journalists, and to keep the series entirely behind closed doors except for rights holding television broadcasters.
CWC expressed dismay at this decision, but with the Sri Lankan government later suspending all UK passenger arrivals from 23rd December it became impossible for anyone not on the England charter flight to enter the country.
The two Test series will still be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket and it is understood a radio deal for UK commentary is close to completion. All UK media will still provide the fullest coverage possible, with assistance from Sri Lanka Cricket and the ECB regarding player access, content and imagery.
CWC has communicated to its members and wishes to assure the cricket loving public that every effort will continue to be made to facilitate coverage of men’s and women’s international cricket in as usual a way as possible during the pandemic. Whilst recognising the challenges, we regard the physical presence of reporters and photographers to be of the upmost importance in maintaining the integrity of the profession of journalism, and in providing the best service for the cricketing public. Jan 4 2021