IMG-Reliance Pulls Out The PSL 2019 Television Coverage Deal
In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, the Indian company IMG-Reliance has decided to pull out the Pakistan Super League (PSL) television coverage deal in worldwide. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced it on Sunday (17 February).
The whole country is under deep sadness on the Pulwama terrorist attack incident that happened on this Thursday (14 February). On that day, a suicide bomber attacked with an explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district (Jammu and Kashmir). More than 40 soldiers have lost their lives, and many are critically injured. The Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out that attack.
The whole world has condemned on that coward incident. Entire Indian cricket family has also cried out over that incident and came out to support the Indian soldiers. Many Indians have come to protest against that incident in various ways.
Now, the IMG-Reliance has pulled out the remaining PSL 2019 television coverage deal worldwide. PCB’s Managing Director Wasim Khan confirmed the news on Sunday (17 February).
He said, “We have been informed by IMG Reliance that they will be unable to partner with us for the remaining HBL PSL 2019 and PCB has reserved all its rights. The PCB always had a contingency plan in place, and we are confident we will be in a position to announce the new partner on Monday after the completion of the formalities.”
Blitz Advertising and Techfront have won the PSL broadcasting deals till 2022 for around USD 36 million. However, both Blitz Advertising and Techfront don’t own a TV channel. That’s why they have to resell to other broadcasters.
On the other hand, the Indian television channel DSport has reportedly stopped to broadcast the remaining PSL 2019.
The current PSL season is the fourth season. The PSL 2019 started on 14 February, and it will run till 17 March. Out of 34 matches of this edition, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is organising first 26 games. Meanwhile, Pakistan will host the last eight games of the tournament, including all the playoffs games.
Other protests in India
On Saturday (16 February), the Cricket Club of India (CCI) has have covered a portrait of the former Pakistan captain and present Pakistan PM Imran Khan. That portrait was in one of the restaurant walls at their Brabourne stadium headquarters in Mumbai. They are now talking to remove that photo.
Also, the CCI secretary Suresh Bafna has protested against the India-Pakistan match in the upcoming World Cup. He said that India shouldn’t play against Pakistan in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. As per the schedule, India and Pakistan will meet in the tournament on 16 June at Old Trafford (Manchester).
Meanwhile, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has removed Pakistan cricketers’ photographs from the Mohali stadium.
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