The Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has been instructed by the government of Pakistan, not to on-air the Indian Premier League—IPL matches in the country.
This decision indicates that the ties between Pakistan and India are still on the downside.
The verdict was announced by Fawad Chaudhry—the Minister for Information and Broadcasting.
He said that all are fully aware that how the Indian firms and the Indian government tried to sabotage the Pakistan Super League (PSL), following that it has become highly tough for Pakistan to on-air IPL. He added that they are confident about their decision.
The minister for Information also said that Pakistan wanted to keep politics and cricket separate but after the decisions taken by BCCI and their government it is no longer a possibility.
During the 3rd one-day international of India against Australia, the Indian team wore the army caps on the field which triggered a lot of controversies. After the incident, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also launched a complaint with the ICC—cricket governing unit.
An Indian company—IMGReliance purchased the broadcasting rights for PSL 2019 however after the political instability between the two countries, the company decided otherwise and stopped broadcasting the PSL matches. It was termed as a political decision, which is the basic reason behind not on airing the IPL matches in Pakistan.
IPL has been a huge success since it was launched however its popularity is on the downside owing to the launch of PSL, which is why the domestic league of Pakistan could hugely benefit from this decision which is taken by the government.
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