Pakistani Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry revealed on Tuesday that Pakistani television would not be able to broadcast the next six white ball matches between England and Pakistan as Indian companies hold the broadcasting rights in South Asia.
Pakistan are expected to play three ODIs and as many T20Is against England in July 2021. According to Chaudhry, business with Indian companies will only be conducted after the Indian government revokes the decision taken on August 5, 2019.
It can be recalled here that India on the aforementioned date had revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and adopted a law to split it into two Union territories.
“Indian companies own the broadcasting rights [matches] in South Asia…. and we can’t do business with any Indian company, ”Chaudhry said, quoted by Geo News.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and PTV will indeed suffer considerable losses as a result, added the Minister of Information.
Pakistan’s first ODI v England kicks off July 8 in Cardiff. The T20I series will debut on July 16 in Nottingham.
Sony Pictures Network India (SPN) has the right to broadcast and broadcast the matches played in England.
Meanwhile, this development has not been well received by ardent Pakistan cricketers who have expressed their frustration.
Apni hi series apni national television pe ni afsoos😢#PAKvsENG https://t.co/wcryYIGiI8
– Muhammad Basharat Shahbaz Official (@BasharatShahbaz) June 8, 2021
– TeH س EeN GoRaYa (@ TehseenAmir1) June 8, 2021
Pakistan will not be able to broadcast Pakistan vs England on ptv#pakvseng
– Syeda Fatima Naqvi✨💫 (@ Fatima1874) June 8, 2021
PTV Sports will not broadcast the Pakistani tour of England 2021 cricket series
This is going to be the worst decision ever by the government of Pakistan#RizwanAhmadOfficial#PakvsEng pic.twitter.com/MV6yC6dxp4
-Rizwan Ahmad (@ RizwanA60034556) June 8, 2021
3 T20i series and 3 ODI between #Pakistan and #England
from July 8 will no longer be televised in Pakistan, said Minister of Information @fawadchaudhry. This is a big loss for the cricket audience in Pakistan and a financial blow for the state broadcaster as well.#PakvsEng https://t.co/kDtxN8m5N8
-Waqas Ahmed (@waxasahmad) June 8, 2021
India is also set to host the upcoming T20 World Cup and it remains to be seen if that will become an issue again in the future.