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Pakistan bans Indian Premier League broadcast for suspending PSL coverage

The decision comes a month after DSport, the official broadcasters of the Pakistan Premier League in India, stopped the coverage of the tournament in protest of the Pulwama terror attack

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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A month after India had banned the live telecast of Super League (PSL), have now responded by suspending the broadcast of Indian Premier League, country's Information and Broadcasting minister confirmed.

The decision comes a month after DSport, the official broadcasters of the Premier League (PSL) in India, stopped the coverage of the tournament in protest of the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.

Indian company IMG Reliance had also pulled out of its deal to produce the television coverage of the PSL worldwide forcing the Pakistan-based T20 league to find a new production company midway into the tournament.

"During the PSL, the way the Indian companies and the government treated Pakistan cricket after that, we can't tolerate that IPL is shown in Pakistan," Pakistan's I& B minister told ARY News.

Chaudhry also accused the Indian team of politicising cricket. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had urged the Cricket Council (ICC) to take action against the Indian cricket team for sporting camouflage caps during an ODI in a five-match series against Australia. However ICC had confirmed BCCI had taken prior permission before players wore the army caps.

"We tried to keep politics and cricket apart but then the Indian cricket team played matches wearing army caps against Australia and there was no action taken against it," the minister said.

"I feel if IPL is not shown in Pakistan, it will be a loss for IPL and Indian cricket. We are a cricketing superpower in cricket," Chaudhry claimed.

The twelfth edition of the IPL will begin on March 23 with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore.

First Published: Fri, March 22 2019. 11:10 IST
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