Ahead of IPL 2019, Pakistan has banned the telecast of 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in the country amid deteriorating conditions between India and Pakistan. This comes after the Indian broadcasters took the stance against Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 by pulling out from broadcasting as a mark of protest. “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,” said Pakistan’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry. He also added, “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”.
Indian companies IMG Reliance and Indian broadcaster DSport had abondoned the telecast of PSL 2019 mid-way during the series after which Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi lashed out the Indian companies by calling it ‘unprofessionalism’. Pakistani government could not handle the reaction of Indian broadcasters against the country and forced to take such step as they wanted to keep cricket and politics apart.
Earlier the country also raised the questions on Indian Cricket Team as they wear camouflage caps during third ODI series against Australia to gave tribute to armed forces and martyred soldiers in Pulwama attack. Pakistan claimed the action as a political stunt to nag the country. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) even urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take strict action against the Indian cricket team but everything became futile.
After the terrifying Pulwama attack which claimed the live of 40 CRPF soldiers, whole country including Indian Cricket Team condemned about the sad incident and this is the reason why India urged the board to cut ties with Pakistan and boycott the World Cup match against the country on June 16 in Manchester.
Former Indian Cricketer Gautam Gambhir also support the development on cutting ties with Pakistan and said, “Jawans are more important than cricket and that Team India should be mentally prepared to forfeit the World Cup tie against Pakistan”.