Updated: June 10, 2021 3:01:57 pm
Pakistan federal minister for information Fawad Chaudhry revealed on Tuesday that the upcoming six white-ball matches between England and Pakistan will not be telecasted in Pakistan as an Indian company holds the broadcasting rights in South Asia.
Pakistan are scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20Is against England in July 2021. According to Chaudhry, business with Indian companies will be conducted only after the Government of India revokes the decision taken on August 5, 2019.
It may be recalled here that India on the aforementioned date had revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and passed legislation to split it into two Union Territories.
“Indian companies hold the rights to broadcast [matches] in South Asia …. and we cannot conduct business with any Indian company,” Chaudhry was quoted as saying by Geo News.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and PTV will indeed face considerable losses as a result of this, the information minister added.
Pakistan’s first ODI against England begins on July 8 in Cardiff. The T20I series will commence from July 16 in Nottingham.
Sony Pictures Network India (SPN) has the right to telecast and stream matches played in England.
Meanwhile, this development has not gone down well with ardent cricket fans of Pakistan who vented their frustration-
— Muhammad Basharat Shahbaz Official (@BasharatShahbaz) June 8, 2021
— TeHسEeN GoRaYa (@TehseenAmir1) June 8, 2021
Pakistan won’t be able to broadcast Pakistan vrs England on ptv 😢#pakvseng
— Syeda Fatima Naqvi✨💫 (@Fatima1874) June 8, 2021
PTV Sports will not broadcast cricket series of Pakistan tour to England 2021
This is going to be the Worst Decision ever made by Govt of Pakistan#RizwanAhmadOfficial#PakvsEng pic.twitter.com/MV6yC6dxp4
— Rizwan Ahmad (@RizwanA60034556) June 8, 2021
3 T20i and 3 ODI series between #Pakistan and #England
starting from 8th July wont be televised in Pakistan, says Information Minister @fawadchaudhry. This a a big loss for the cricket audience in Pakistan and a financial hit as well for state broadcaster.#PakvsEng https://t.co/kDtxN8m5N8
— وقاص احمد (@waxasahmad) June 8, 2021
India is also set to host the upcoming T20 World Cup and it remains to be seen if this will again become an issue in the future.
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