Mumbai: Accusing the Indian television news channels of breaching the accreditation guidelines, the International Cricket Council on Friday banned electronic media from covering the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede.

Representatives of the channels were asked to stay out of the Wankhede stadium complex, when they had come for the pre-match press conference.

The TV channels, who were imposed with a similar ban ahead of the semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali before the Information and Broadcasting Ministry stepped in to help their cause, were barred from the pre-match media conference of both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara.

During the Mohali semi-final between India and Pakistan, the ICC officials had allowed only those channels who were not in the banned list to enter the stadium while others had to report from outside the venue.

Thus , there were hordes of reporters from the print media but only a handful of television cameras at the press conference.

The Broadcast Editors’ Association (BEA) and the National Broadcasters Association (NBA) had then approached the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry on the matter.

ICC has accused channels of a number of broadcast violations during the entire tournament and the game’s governing body has repeatedly brought it to the notice of the offenders. Despite the warning, they continued to breach the guidelines, prompting the ICC to take stern action.

(Agencies)