Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) is directed by Government of Pakistan not to air Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in Pakistan.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry announced the decision;
We all are known to the fact that how Indian companies, media, and their government tried to sabotage Pakistan Super League (PSL) so, it became increasingly difficult for us to air IPL in Pakistan. Therefore we feel confident that this decision is the right.
He further said that although we wanted to keep politics and cricket separate but after the decisions taken by BCCI and their government, it is longer possible for us.
During recent Australia-India one day series, the Indian team also wore army caps on the field which triggered a lot of controversies.
After the incident, a complaint was also lodged by The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), with cricket’s governing body International Cricket Council.
Another thing that needs to be highlighted is that,
An Indian firm IMGReliance also acquired the broadcasting rights for PSL 2019 but following the Pak-India political instability, the firm decided to discontinue the broadcasting. No doubt It was merely a political decision, which is considered as the major reason behind the ban on IPL in Pakistan.
After the successful completion of PSL 4 and earlier 3 seasons, PSL has become an international brand now. Foreign players no longer feel insecurity as it used to be. This massive success of PSL has reduced IPL’s popularity significantly. Which can be considered as a plus point for our domestic League.
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