The Pakistan-India ties hold to deteriorate as Pakistan authorities has directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) no longer to air Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in Pakistan.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry, announced this decision.
We all know how Indian companies and their government have been trying to sabotage Pakistan Super League (PSL) and after that, airing IPL has become increasingly difficult for us. That’s why we feel confident this is the right decision.
He added that Pakistan wants to keep politics and cricket separate, but it can no longer happen in accordance with the decisions of BCCI and its administration.
The Indian team wore army caps on the field during India’s 3rd one – day international fight against Australia, which sparked a lot of controversy. After the incident, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also lodged a complaint with the ICC governing body of cricket.
IMGReliance, an Indian company, acquired broadcasting rights for PSL 2019 but the company decided to discontinue broadcasting after political instability between Pakistan and India. It was considered a political decision, which is the fundamental reason why IPL in Pakistan was not airing.
IPL has been a tremendous success since its inception, but its popularity has decreased significantly due to the introduction of PSL, which is why the domestic league of Pakistan can benefit greatly from this government decision.