LAHORE

The local media and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are at the loggerheads after the dialogue between the two have failed to reach at any solution acceptable to both the parties, over the issue of restricting the entry of the journalists to just media room.

The PCB has refused to give the access to the media persons except of media room at the pretext of security threat. But the Sports Journalists Association of Lahore (SJAL) was not ready to accept it as the media believe the PCB officials wanted to avoid it, because it has no answers of the questions of media after the game of cricket had been destroyed in the country by the current cricket board. Interestingly, the PCB officials are enjoying high perks but they are not ready to face the media.

SJAL president Aqeel Ahmad, after having a meeting with all the members of association, announced on Tuesday that the journalists would continue to perform their duties while setting its camp outside the PCB offices until the acceptance of the demand.

The SJAL members have the stance that by limiting their access to just media room, it has become very hard for them to perform their duties professionally as by sitting in the media room, it is not possible to see what is going on in the cricket board. Moreover, in case of any attack of terrorists, the media persons will be locked in media room as there is no alternate way to get out of it.

On Tuesday, the media stood outside the PCB offices when the PCB’s appointed fact-finding committee, probing the reasons behind the Asia Cup and World T20 debacle, started its inquiry. Throughout the day, the media had been insisted the PCB to arrange the talk outside the offices, with those who were appearing before the fact-finding committee, but the PCB refused insisting the talk could only be held within the boundary of its offices and not on the road.

The SJAL members are amazed that the untoward situation between the PCB and the journalists has been erupted at the time when two powerful PCB officials Najam Sethi and Shakeel Sheikh, who by profession are also journalists, are at the helm. The SJAL president, however, expressed the hope that soon the PCB would accept the demand of the journalists and let them perform their duty professionally and in a befitting manner.