Reports: IPL 2019 coverage to be banned in Pakistan
The 12th edition of the tournament will commence on March 23.
Updated - Mar 21, 2019 10:26 am
While the entire world is all set to witness yet another year of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pakistan have reportedly decided to ban its coverage. The development comes in the wake of the Pulwama attack that had claimed the lives of 44 CRPF personnels. The attack was carried out by Pakistan-based militancy group Jaish-e-Mohammed. In the wake of the dastardly attack, there was an anti-Pakistan sentiment across the nation.
The BCCI and others related to cricket had taken quite a number of steps to show solidarity with the entire nation. IMG-Reliance had also done its bit by cutting tie with the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The Indian company had pulled out of its deal to produce television coverage of the PSL worldwide at a time when the league was underway. Before that DSport had stopped the coverage of the league in India.
And it looks Pakistan have decided to give India a reply. Saj Sadiq, a renowned cricket journalist from Pakistan, took to Twitter to state that there are reports suggesting that Pakistan government is all set to ban the broadcast of IPL matches in their country.
“Television reports are stating that the Government has decided to ban the broadcast of IPL matches in Pakistan,” wrote Sadiq.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) March 20, 2019
The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League, meanwhile, will get underway on March 23 with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Pakistan’s ploys backfire
In the last month or so, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has tried to do all it can to get BCCI into a tight spot but have been left red-faced. They had accused India of politicising the game after the players donned military caps in the third ODI against Australia. The PCB had asked the ICC to take action against BCCI only to hear that the Indian board had already sought the permission from the governing body.
The PCB also recently paid the BCCI approximately USD 1.6 million as compensation after losing the case in the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee. The PCB had sued India for not adhering to a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2014.