IPL 2019 will not be telecast in Pakistan

MUMBAI: There will be no telecast of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year in Pakistan as the country’s Information & Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has banned the broadcast of the tournament.

The move comes a month after Discovery Communications India-owned DSport had suspended the live telecast of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the wake of Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.

Indian company IMG Reliance, which was doing live production for PSL, had also pulled out. The movie had forced the Pakistan-based T20 league to find a new production company midway into the tournament.

“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,” Pakistan’s I&B minister Fawad Chaudhry told ARY News.

“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,” Chaudhry claimed.

The twelfth edition of the IPL will begin on 23rd March with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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