Pakistan’s first cricket tour to India in five years faced a media blackout on Monday after international news agencies suspended coverage over a decision to bar their photo counterparts.
News outlets said they would not be filing any text or pictures after the BCCI refused to accredit the international picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images as well as two Indian agencies.
The five-match series is due to start on Tuesday with a Twenty20 international in Bangalore.
“It is regrettable that the politically-charged Pakistan tour will be affected by the BCCI’s failure to recognise the long-standing importance of photographic news agencies in the flow of sport and news images every day,” said the News Media Coalition, which represents a group of media organisations.
Other international agencies who are members of the coalition, will also halt text and photo coverage.