Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s federal minister for communications, said on Tuesday that Pakistani television will not be able to broadcast the upcoming six white-ball matches between England and Pakistan because broadcasting rights in South Asia are held by Indian businesses.
In July 2021, Pakistan will play three ODIs and as many T20Is against England. Business with Indian firms would only be performed, according to Chaudhry, if the Indian government revokes the decision made on August 5, 2019.
It should be noted that on the aforementioned date, India removed Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and approved laws splitting the state into two Union Territories.
According to Geo News, “Indian companies hold the rights to broadcast [matches] in South Asia…. and we cannot conduct business with any Indian company.”
According to the information minister, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Pakistan Television (PTV) will suffer significant losses as a result of this.
The first One-Day International (ODI) between Pakistan and England will take place in Cardiff on July 8. The Twenty20 International series will begin on July 16 in Nottingham.
The Sony Pictures Network India (SPN) has the exclusive rights to broadcast and stream matches from England.
Meanwhile, this move has enraged Pakistani cricket fans, who have expressed their displeasure on social media.
India is also hosting the 2017 T20 World Cup, so it’ll be interesting to see whether this becomes a problem again in the future.