The Pakistan cricket team is all set to play three ODIs and as many T20Is against England in July. The team will depart for the UK on June 25, a day after Pakistan Super League (PSL) ends. While the fans are excited to see the ‘Men in Green’ lock horns with World Champions, it is learnt that the England – Pakistan series will not be telecasted in Pakistan as Indian companies hold the broadcasting rights. A proposal to tie with Star and Sony was made by Pakistan’s national television channel PTV but the Pakistan cabinet rejected it due to the political tensions between the two countries.
“The cabinet has rejected the request of PTV to sign an agreement with Star and Sony to air the England-Pakistan cricket series,” said Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry.
Fawad revealed that Imran Khan-led government has already made it clear that ties with India will only improve when the Indian government normalise life in Kashmir, referring to the revocation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
“Our ties with India cannot be normalised until those actions are withdrawn,” he said.
Chaudhry further said that the Pakistan government is trying to find a middle ground by approaching England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and other foreign companies to secure broadcasting rights. He also said that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will suffer huge financial loss if the series is not telecasted in Pakistan. The England-Pakistan series will kick off on July 8.
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