Pakistan in India 2012-13 December 24, 2012

BCCI photo stand-off goes on

ESPNcricinfo staff
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International news agencies have suspended coverage of Pakistan's cricket tour of India - the first in five years - over the BCCI's decision to bar some of their photo counterparts.

The blackout continued a stand-off with the BCCI that first began during England's Test series in India in November and which shows no signs of being resolved.

News outlets said they would not be filing any text or pictures after the BCCI again refused to accredit the international picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images as well as two Indian agencies. Some news organisations, including ESPNcricinfo, that have depended on these agencies have used the pictures made available on the BCCI website.

The BCCI's stance is based upon the belief that it has a monopolistic right to all commercial revenue from photographic coverage of the games it stages, immediate news coverage apart. Support is coming from behind the scenes from key commercial figures in Cricket Australia.

"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.

International agencies who are members of the coalition, such as AFP, Thomson Reuters and the Associated Press, will halt text and photo coverage.

English newspapers and some websites refused to use images supplied by the BCCI during the England tour and instead used file pictures, cartoons or hurried paintings by the cricket artist Jocelyn Galsworthy.

Great moments in England cricket history, such as the 19 wickets shared by the spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar in the Mumbai Test, have only scant photographic record. Getty Images' Gareth Copley and freelance photographers such as Phil Brown and Graham Morris have a worldwide reputation for the quality of their cricket photos and all were either barred or supported the dispute during the England tour.

"As a direct result of the BCCI stance, great sporting moments from the cricket tours to India are going unrecorded and therefore lost forever. England's games were the hidden series and the Pakistan tour is heading for the same fate," said Andrew Moger, executive director of the NMC.

The World Association of Newspapers is backing the suspension, saying the BCCI was "denying the ability of editors to select from the best of photography for the benefit of readers".

A BCCI spokesman declined to comment but did refer reporters to a statement issued for the England tour, which said there was "no intention to censor or limit bona fide news reporting" and emphasised that news agencies had been accredited.

The photo agencies however had been refused as the BCCI deemed "their primary businesses involved the commercial sale and licensing of images rather than the supply of images to news publications for bona fide editorial purposes".

The BCCI has refused to draw up specific agreements with these photo agencies so that they can cover the tour under new terms and conditions.

Pakistan's tour begins with a Twenty20 fixture in Bangalore on Tuesday.

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  • POSTED BY Andre2 on | December 25, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    I am a cricket fan, from France, supporting neither India nor England, but I like to see good cricket, i.e. Test matches, sometimes ODI, never T20 nor IPL ! It is a shame that there are so few pictures of the recent Test series between India and England. For the 1st test, only 6 pix are posted in Cricinfo and NONE have been taken during the match, then 29 for the 2nd test and between 45 and 50 for the last two tests. Those pix are of poor quality, and they include wagon wheels ... be no interesting moments like a ball hitting the stumps (except the stumping of Pujara). Sorry, but the pix provided by BCCI are of poor quality ! Please bring on professionnal photographers ! On average, for a "standard" test, there are ca. 15 to 20 pix for each day's play.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    So here we go again, with the BCCI attempting to create a cricket world in their own image. Have they forgotten that sport is not just about money and that eventually nobody wants to play with playground bullies. It surely is just matter of time.

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | December 27, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Disappointing to see Cricinfo failing to back the boycott. Obviously Cricinfo is quite happy to be using only the pictures the BCCI wants us to see.

  • POSTED BY alfredmynn on | December 26, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    The BCCI is a tin-pot regime whose leaders randomly do whatever they fancy, regardless of international consensus or image. This, in combination with the Indian team's ineptitude, makes for some nice stand-up comedy (didn't Srinivasan say he considered test cricket the pinnacle of the game? That's got to be the joke of 2012). The support the BCCI enjoys among Indian fans on this forum is quite incredible: possibly no other country's supporters would countenance such blatant abuse of power by their cricket board. The fact that such behavior is to the detriment of relations with other international teams and makes them a laughing stock in a world that respects only talent and natural ability (not wealth, and certainly not wealth unaccompanied by talent), does not seem to bother them one whit. Amazing.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | December 25, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    @sheru001: Well said the only thing SLC has control over is their players who they cannot stop from playing IPL

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | December 25, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @golgoal, just look at your own fellow Indian fans. Many of them oppose BCCI abusing it's power. Being powerful does not give you the license to abuse it. Of course cricket being a global minority sport means BCCI can rule cricket freely. I am glad to see many Indian cricket fans supporting DRS and accusing Srinivasan of his stubbornness. Well it is not only we SL who are powerless. Even NZ and WI are powerless. That was why we had to succumb to release our players for the next edition of IPL and postpone the test series in the Caribbean.

  • POSTED BY sillypoint6 on | December 25, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    news agencies keep it up and isolate bcci from the rest of the world. i support u all

  • POSTED BY vswami on | December 25, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    I wish I could run a business like these photo agencies where I can demand that my raw material cost is zero and I can charge whatever for my final product. Plenty of photographers are being allowed who are filing pictures for their editorial content in their newspapers contrary to what is being claimed. BCCI is "denying the ability of editors to select from the best of photography for the benefit of readers" FOR FREE ! The world association of newspapers have conveniently left out the last part.

  • POSTED BY sheru001 on | December 25, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @golgoal: I think this golgoal is a bit sentimental, the power of Srilanka cricket is that they banned Indian players to take part in SLPL whereas all big names of Srilanka cricket are in IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    i dont know where this is coming from such a shame

  • POSTED BY Andre2 on | December 25, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    I am a cricket fan, from France, supporting neither India nor England, but I like to see good cricket, i.e. Test matches, sometimes ODI, never T20 nor IPL ! It is a shame that there are so few pictures of the recent Test series between India and England. For the 1st test, only 6 pix are posted in Cricinfo and NONE have been taken during the match, then 29 for the 2nd test and between 45 and 50 for the last two tests. Those pix are of poor quality, and they include wagon wheels ... be no interesting moments like a ball hitting the stumps (except the stumping of Pujara). Sorry, but the pix provided by BCCI are of poor quality ! Please bring on professionnal photographers ! On average, for a "standard" test, there are ca. 15 to 20 pix for each day's play.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    So here we go again, with the BCCI attempting to create a cricket world in their own image. Have they forgotten that sport is not just about money and that eventually nobody wants to play with playground bullies. It surely is just matter of time.

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | December 27, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Disappointing to see Cricinfo failing to back the boycott. Obviously Cricinfo is quite happy to be using only the pictures the BCCI wants us to see.

  • POSTED BY alfredmynn on | December 26, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    The BCCI is a tin-pot regime whose leaders randomly do whatever they fancy, regardless of international consensus or image. This, in combination with the Indian team's ineptitude, makes for some nice stand-up comedy (didn't Srinivasan say he considered test cricket the pinnacle of the game? That's got to be the joke of 2012). The support the BCCI enjoys among Indian fans on this forum is quite incredible: possibly no other country's supporters would countenance such blatant abuse of power by their cricket board. The fact that such behavior is to the detriment of relations with other international teams and makes them a laughing stock in a world that respects only talent and natural ability (not wealth, and certainly not wealth unaccompanied by talent), does not seem to bother them one whit. Amazing.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | December 25, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    @sheru001: Well said the only thing SLC has control over is their players who they cannot stop from playing IPL

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | December 25, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @golgoal, just look at your own fellow Indian fans. Many of them oppose BCCI abusing it's power. Being powerful does not give you the license to abuse it. Of course cricket being a global minority sport means BCCI can rule cricket freely. I am glad to see many Indian cricket fans supporting DRS and accusing Srinivasan of his stubbornness. Well it is not only we SL who are powerless. Even NZ and WI are powerless. That was why we had to succumb to release our players for the next edition of IPL and postpone the test series in the Caribbean.

  • POSTED BY sillypoint6 on | December 25, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    news agencies keep it up and isolate bcci from the rest of the world. i support u all

  • POSTED BY vswami on | December 25, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    I wish I could run a business like these photo agencies where I can demand that my raw material cost is zero and I can charge whatever for my final product. Plenty of photographers are being allowed who are filing pictures for their editorial content in their newspapers contrary to what is being claimed. BCCI is "denying the ability of editors to select from the best of photography for the benefit of readers" FOR FREE ! The world association of newspapers have conveniently left out the last part.

  • POSTED BY sheru001 on | December 25, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @golgoal: I think this golgoal is a bit sentimental, the power of Srilanka cricket is that they banned Indian players to take part in SLPL whereas all big names of Srilanka cricket are in IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    i dont know where this is coming from such a shame

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | December 25, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    This is quite shamefull as this is one of very historical short series. They should have sorted this.

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | December 25, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @Sinhaya You are just plain bitter and jealous that Sri Lankan cricket has no power on world stage and is totally impotent. Indian cricket can take stance on what is morally right in their view. Everybody is entitled to have their opinions (just like you) and only the strong ones will have their way (unlike you guys). So just sit back and enjoy the game.

  • POSTED BY Patrick_ on | December 24, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    What is all about this BCCI bashing ? Wasn't there a similar boycott when Cricket Australia introduced the same rules for accreditation? Now BCCI is following the same path. As far as I understand BCCI have not banned photographers who use the images for editorial purposes. I have seen several pictures in Indian newspapers for the England series that was not provided by BCCI.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | December 24, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Given the way India have been playing maybe the BCCI is doing this to save their players any more ridicule?

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | December 24, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    There's an old saying which says that all rubbish goes down the drain..If the BCCI continues it's ridiculous stance on all matters actually related to improving the quality of cricket and it's appeal to everyone outside India, then that's where Indian cricket will go... or indeed has already partially gone........ down the drain.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Good evening every one ::

    I do not see wrong with respect to BCCI stand - its pure buisness aspect ; there is no sense in Media barking in the name of record - the records will be saved in BCCI site one can see in future also ; video coverages are available immediately after the match in YOU TUBE and all .Public is not missing but Media do miss some revenue which they wanted to gain :: If BCCI wnated publicity they could've given some money to advertise their sport :: this is not the case Media thinks they are correct always but it is untrue :

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    I think BCCI is within their rights to not to allow those photo ( news) agencies to cover the matches free of charge , After all those news agencies also make money bh selling those images and thats their primary business , they are not going to supply those images free of charge !! Do they?? So why not ?? Well done BCCI ! By the way i m not from India.. :)

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | December 24, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan, well do you feel cricket will be declining in 3 to 4 years? I hope not sir! Is there any possibility of a BCCI election resulting in someone else takingover the position of Srinivasan? Cricket is a global minority sport and this sort of media restrictions on the global media giants wont do any good for the game. Yes CA started putting media restrictions back in 2007 but was immediately lifted.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | December 24, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    BCCI is d main obstacle of cricket globalization, thats why CRICKET ISNT A GLOBAL GAME

  • POSTED BY inzisaloos on | December 24, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Haha. This is just another chapter from the BCCI's version of "How to Win Friends and Influence People." A wise man once said that the trouble about setting yourself up as a hard man is that one day you'll find someone that is harder than you. Another wise man said that you should not alienate those people that you pass by on the ladder of success because they will be the same people that you have to pass on the way down when things take a turn for the worse.

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | December 24, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Where is ICC when you want it, or does it continue to be run by the BCCI?

  • POSTED BY kamiCric on | December 24, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    IPL is not cricket, it is just a show off. Now BCCI is alienating Indian cricket even further.

  • POSTED BY MiddlePeg on | December 24, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Surely the BCCI's game here is obvious? The Indian national team is mediocre at best and India is a proud nation. They don't really want future generations to have a photographic record of how rubbish they really were in 2012/13 and beyond. Censor the journalists and the problem is solved. I can't help but think that their efforts would be better invested elsewhere...

  • POSTED BY OptimusPrimal on | December 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    As usual the Bully who Controls Cricket in India has once again chosen to side with greed rather than the game. Nothing is going to change unless ICC grows a backbone and realizes that India needs cricket not the other way around. Cricinfo, being a premier site for cricket news, should also boycott any images from this series.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | December 24, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Is it not the CA who started it first ?(refused to accredit the international picture agencies Getty Images) As for DRS i do not think it will be used under srinivasan/dhoni's era. may be 3-4 years down the line. But who knows cricket might be declining by then

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    I request ICC to take strict action against BCCI for not using the UDRS system and now this photo stand off issue .

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | December 24, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    As of this moment I am also boycotting anything to do with Indian cricket, including the IPL, except to criticise it in any way I can. The whole money-grabbing, incompetent and self-centred business can go to pot as far as I'm concerned. The sooner it slides into complete insignificance, where it is undoubtedly headed, the better. Money may well buy you power, but it cannot buy the respect of decent people.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    While I find many actions including the current fiasco & especially the BCCI stand regarding DRS foolish, I do not believe that this issue involves the ICC directly, since it is related to a single country and its stand on commercial exploitation of matches being held on its grounds. There seems to be a suggestion that some people in Cricket Australia are supporting this tacitly too, which is interesting

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | December 24, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    How long before Indian cricket becomes something like a few of the American sports; cut off from the rest of the world? USA has American football but the rest of the world plays rugby, India will have the IPL but the rest of the world will play cricket.

  • POSTED BY 203cric on | December 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I thought the ICC were supposed to run the game. They should be able to sanction the BCCI for basically doing whatever they want to do. First you've got this mess, then you have the DRS issue which needs to be sorted out and then you have the IPL basically deciding the international tours now (look at how many tests sri lanka have next year because of it).

  • POSTED BY 203cric on | December 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I thought the ICC were supposed to run the game. They should be able to sanction the BCCI for basically doing whatever they want to do. First you've got this mess, then you have the DRS issue which needs to be sorted out and then you have the IPL basically deciding the international tours now (look at how many tests sri lanka have next year because of it).

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | December 24, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    How long before Indian cricket becomes something like a few of the American sports; cut off from the rest of the world? USA has American football but the rest of the world plays rugby, India will have the IPL but the rest of the world will play cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    While I find many actions including the current fiasco & especially the BCCI stand regarding DRS foolish, I do not believe that this issue involves the ICC directly, since it is related to a single country and its stand on commercial exploitation of matches being held on its grounds. There seems to be a suggestion that some people in Cricket Australia are supporting this tacitly too, which is interesting

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | December 24, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    As of this moment I am also boycotting anything to do with Indian cricket, including the IPL, except to criticise it in any way I can. The whole money-grabbing, incompetent and self-centred business can go to pot as far as I'm concerned. The sooner it slides into complete insignificance, where it is undoubtedly headed, the better. Money may well buy you power, but it cannot buy the respect of decent people.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    I request ICC to take strict action against BCCI for not using the UDRS system and now this photo stand off issue .

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | December 24, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Is it not the CA who started it first ?(refused to accredit the international picture agencies Getty Images) As for DRS i do not think it will be used under srinivasan/dhoni's era. may be 3-4 years down the line. But who knows cricket might be declining by then

  • POSTED BY OptimusPrimal on | December 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    As usual the Bully who Controls Cricket in India has once again chosen to side with greed rather than the game. Nothing is going to change unless ICC grows a backbone and realizes that India needs cricket not the other way around. Cricinfo, being a premier site for cricket news, should also boycott any images from this series.

  • POSTED BY MiddlePeg on | December 24, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Surely the BCCI's game here is obvious? The Indian national team is mediocre at best and India is a proud nation. They don't really want future generations to have a photographic record of how rubbish they really were in 2012/13 and beyond. Censor the journalists and the problem is solved. I can't help but think that their efforts would be better invested elsewhere...

  • POSTED BY kamiCric on | December 24, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    IPL is not cricket, it is just a show off. Now BCCI is alienating Indian cricket even further.

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | December 24, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Where is ICC when you want it, or does it continue to be run by the BCCI?