With ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan, the later has banned airing of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 matches, which is scheduled to start from March 23.
This move comes after India’s official broadcaster of Pakistan Super League (PSL), DSports refused broadcasting the Twenty20 games midway through the recently-concluded fourth season held between February 14 and March 17, and India-based producers of PSL, IMG Reliance pulled out from producing as protest against the Pulwama Terror Attack.
Speaking to the media, Pakistan’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry confirmed the decision and said “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”.
According to Chaudhry, India’s stand compelled Pakistan to ban IPL in the country, however, they wanted to keep sports away from politics.
“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 international cricket,” Chaudhry added.