ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s upcoming tour to England would not be broadcast in the country due to a license issue with Indian broadcasters, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said Tuesday.
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.
The information minister said Pakistan would approach the England Cricket Board to try and arrive at another solution, reiterating that the country would not do business with India till it takes back the August 5, 2019, decision — when New Delhi revoked occupied Kashmir’s special status.
“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.