Indian television channel DSport has reportedly stopped the broadcast of Pakistan Super League (PSL) as a protest against the Pulwama terrorist attack.
On Thursday (14 February), a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy with an explosive-laden vehicle, jamming the SUV into the 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 have also cried out over that incident and came out to support the Indian soldiers. Now, according to some media reports, DSport has stopped the PSL broadcasting as a protest against the Pulwama terrorist attack.
In February 2017, the Discovery Networks Asia Pacific launched their sports channel DSport in India. It has regularly broadcasted various live sports. This Indian channel also broadcasts the cricket tournaments. Apart from a few international cricket assignments, this channel also now televises Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Afghanistan Premier League (APL), PSL etc.
India had no broadcasters during the first two PSL editions. Later, the new Indian sports channel DSport has started to broadcast the PSL from the third season (PSL 2018). The ongoing PSL 2019 has just started on 14 February, and it will run till 17 March. DSport has already telecasted the PSL 2019 opening ceremony and the first three games.
But observing the present situation after the Pulwama terrorist attack, DSport has likely decided to stop broadcasting the PSL 2019.
Reports are suggesting that DSports who were broadcasting the Pakistan Super League in India have stopped the broadcast as a protest against the Pulwama attack #PSL4
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) February 16, 2019
The current PSL season is the fourth season. Since its inaugural edition in 2016, the PSL has happened in every year. At present six teams are participating in this competition. The teams are Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Multan Sultans, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. In the ongoing PSL 2019, Islamabad United is the defending champion.
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.