On Thursday the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry declared that the 12th edition of Indian Premier League will not be broadcast live in Pakistan. IPL 2019 is about to kick off on March 23 Saturday with the defending champion Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match.
The Pulwama attack on February 14 that killed 40 CPRF personnel was claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan. Following that, to protest the act DSport, the official broadcasters of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in India, stopped the coverage of the tournament. Now a month after the decision, Pakistan has decided to do the same with the IPL coverage.
Speaking to ARY News, a Pakistan news channel, Chaudhary said that Pakistan will not permit the broadcast of the IPL T20 league. He said, “During the PSL, the way the Indian companies and the government treated Pakistan cricket… after that, we can’t tolerate that IPL is shown in Pakistan (sic).”
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He further criticized Indian players for sporting army caps during the third ODI against Australia to condemn the attack. This was earlier criticized by the Pakistan Cricket Board as well. PCB asked International Cricket Council to look into the matter.
Fawad Chaudhry mentioned, “We tried to keep politics and cricket apart but then the Indian cricket team played matches wearing army caps against Australia. There was no action taken against that.”
He added how IPL will suffer huge loss following the ban in Pakistan. According to him, Pakistan is a ‘cricket superpower’ and hence it will be a big blow for India Premier League. “I feel if IPL is not shown in Pakistan it will be a loss for IPL and Indian cricket. We are a cricketing superpower in international cricket,” he said.