Mumbai: Pakistan’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said the upcoming limited-over series between England and Pakistan won’t be broadcast in Pakistan as an Indian company is holding broadcasting rights in South Asia.
Fawad Chaudhry said that business with Indian companies would be done only after the Government of India revoked the decision taken on August 5, 2019. Notably, India on the aforementioned date had revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and passed legislation to split it into two Union Territories.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the minister said Pakistan Television Corporation’s (PTV) request for a contract with Indian broadcasters Star and Asia, which have the rights to broadcast the matches, has been rejected.
“Indian companies have the right to broadcast [matches] in South Asia… and we cannot do business with any Indian company,” he said.
The Information Minister said that Pakistan will approach the England Cricket Board and try to find some other solution.
“The normalization of relations with India is subject to the withdrawal of the August 5 decision,” he said.
The Information Minister said that as a result of this, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and PTV will in fact suffer a lot.
Pakistan is slated to play their first ODI versus England on July 8 in Cardiff. The 3-match T20I series will begin from July 16 in Nottingham.