IPL not to be broadcast in Pakistan

“We can’t tolerate that IPL is shown in Pakistan,” says Fawad Chaudhry, the country’s Information & Broadcasting minister.

Season 12 of the IPL begins on March 23, 2019.   -  K. V. S. Giri

The Indian Premier League will not be broadcast in Pakistan, according to the country’s Information & Broadcasting minister, Fawad Chaudhry.

The decision comes a month after DSport, the official broadcaster of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in India, stopped the coverage of the tournament in India in the wake of the terrorist attack in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir. IMG Reliance, an Indian company, had also refused to produce the TV coverage of the PSL worldwide, forcing the organisers to find a new production company midway through the tourney.

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“During the PSL, the way the Indian companies and the government treated Pakistan cricket after that (sic), we can’t tolerate that IPL is shown in Pakistan,” Chaudhry told ARY News.

Chaudhry also accused the Indian team of politicising cricket. “We tried to keep politics and cricket apart but then the Indian cricket team played matches wearing army caps against Australia and there was no action taken against it,” the minister said.

The IPL begins on March 23, with Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore.