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Pakistan Denies Broadcasting deal For Pak-Eng Cricket Series With Indian Firms

by RTD Journal

The Pakistan Federal Cabinet has rejected a request of Pakistan Television (PTV) to sign agreements with Indian companies for the broadcast of the coming Pakistan-England cricket series.

The Pakistan team is scheduled to tour England for 3 ODI and 3 T20I matches from 8th July to 20th July.

The decision to deny the broadcasting deal was made by the federal cabinet and was notified by the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry.

“The cabinet has rejected the request of PTV to sign an agreement with Sony and Star India to air the England-Pakistan cricket series,” Chaudhry said.

“Sony and Star have a monopoly over all the cricket content of South Asia and the entire rights are with the Indian companies. We cannot sign an agreement with any Indian company and so the series will not be aired in Pakistan,” he added.

The minister, however, mentioned that they would try to find a middle ground by approaching the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The announcement for not granting broadcasting rights to Indian companies comes from the same wavelength of revoking any relations with India until its government reverses its decision taken on August 5, 2019, which changed the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Chaudhary in his statement mentioned, “Our ties with India cannot be normalised until those actions are withdrawn.”

By Ankita Mohanty

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