Sri Lanka asks Australia to end Test blackout

Nov 11, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s cricket governing body Sunday asked their counterparts in Australia to end the lock out of international media from the ongoing Test series between the two nations. The conditions imposed on photographers and journalists applying for credentials to cover cricket raise grave concerns about press freedom, the agencies said. “Our chief executive Duleep Mendis has written to Cricket Australia to see if they can settle the issue”, Samantha Algama, the SLC spokesman told AFP.

SLC officials said they were seeking international coverage of the Sri Lanka-Australia second Test in Hobart where spinner Muttiah Muralitharan could pass Shane Warne’s tally of 709 Test wickets.

“The Murali issue is our concern. If the problem continued, we will not have any pictures when Murali manages to break the record,” SLC secretary Kangadaran Mathivanan said.

The Cricket Australia (CA) decision has meant that no coverage was possible by international news agencies in the first Test at Gabba which is scheduled to end Monday.

The world’s top three global news agencies said Thursday they would boycott the first cricket Test between Australia and Sri Lanka after organisers impo