Islamabad: The Pakistan cabinet has turned down the offer of a contract with an Indian company for live telecast of the upcoming cricket series between Pakistan and England due to the current political tensions.
Pakistan turns down contract offer from Indian company
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told the media after the cabinet meeting that Pakistan Television (PTV) had requested the government to sign an agreement with Star and Sony to broadcast the matches.
“The cabinet has turned down PTV’s request for an agreement with Star and Sony for the telecast of the England-Pakistan cricket series,” Fawad said.
Fawad said that the Imran Khan government has already made it clear that relations with India will depend on the reversal of the proceedings on August 5, 2019. He was saying in reference to the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. “Our relations with India cannot return to normal unless that action is withdrawn,” he said.
Pakistan will suffer huge loss
Fawad said that Star and Sony have a monopoly on all cricket content in South Asia and the series will not be telecast in Pakistan unless an agreement is signed with the Indian company.
He, however, said the government was trying to find a middle ground by securing broadcast rights from the England and Wales Cricket Board and other foreign companies. He said that PTV and Pakistan Cricket Board will face financial loss due to the decision of the cabinet.
Let us tell you that the cricket series between Pakistan and England is to start from July 8.