COMMITMENT TO TOURING
The Cricket Writers Club remains committed to ensuring members can tour to cover international cricket on site whenever possible. However, the impact of the ongoing pandemic means the BCCI are not allowing on-site access to any media, local or international, during the upcoming England men’s tour of India, except for the host TV broadcaster. This is the same policy as was employed for the IPL
TalkSport will be providing ball by ball radio commentary. Details of TV coverage is yet to be confirmed.
England’s women are in New Zealand, which is still operating a hard border, allowing only NZ citizens or Australian citizens normally resident in NZ to enter, along with critical workers and those with exemptions. NZC are therefore not accepting accreditation requests from international media at this time - although all applications are looked at on case by case basis. Matches are expected to be broadcast live on TV in the UK, but not radio.
CWC is in contact with the relevant parties to ensure remote coverage of both tours by written and digital media can be as fulsome as possible, including access for player interviews.
The club is already in dialogue with the ICC and Cricket Australia regarding the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and the Men’s and Women’s Ashes tours later this year and early next. It is fervently hoped that UK media will be able to travel in person for these key events.
CWC reiterates that it regards the presence of reporters on the ground providing eye-witness reportage to be a fundamental tenet of first hand, accurate, journalism, which strengthens the integrity of professional sport. January 26 2021