ENG vs PAK series won’t air in Pakistan as Indian company holds rights

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Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry, has said that six white-ball matches of Babar Azam’s side during the England tour will not be telecast in the country as Indian companies are holding broadcast rights in South Asia.

Addressing a press conference after the cabinet meeting,  the minister said Pakistan Television’s (PTV) request for a contract with Indian broadcasters Star and Asia — who have the rights to air the match — was rejected.

“Indian companies hold the rights to broadcast [matches] in South Asia …. and we cannot conduct business with any Indian company,” he said.

“Normalisation of ties with India is subject to it taking back the August 5 decision,” he said.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and PTV will indeed face considerable losses as a result of this, the information minister added.