Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Najam Sethi, has mentioned that the federal government’s resolution of not broadcasting the England-Pakistan sequence has nothing to do with Kashmir coverage.
If Pakistan Tv (PTV) is unable to telecast the nationwide group’s bilateral sequence towards England subsequent month, it could be as a result of the PTV is just not able to pay what the broadcasters are demanding to telecast the sequence in Pakistan, Sethi opined.
“It’s all drama being staged with the intention to achieve political mileage by utilizing the identify of Kashmir. The very fact is that the federal government is utilizing strain ways whereas in search of to cut back the cash being demanded by the broadcaster [for the England series], which is an Indian firm,” Sethi mentioned whereas chatting with Daybreak.
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His feedback had been in response to the assertion of the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry, that the federal cupboard had determined towards telecasting the England matches as a result of an Indian broadcaster held the rights of the sequence.
“After the [broadcast] deal is finalized, PTV will make an settlement with Sony UK or some Dubai-based firm related to Sony, to assert that the rights are usually not straight purchased from the Indian broadcaster,” Sethi maintained whereas assuring Pakistan followers that the PTV would telecast the house sequence towards England and different visiting groups.
Sethi famous that issues resembling telecasts of any worldwide cricket sequence involving Pakistan by no means wanted any approval from the cupboard prior to now.
“It was a long-held PTV custom to reside telecast the matches involving the nationwide group taking part in anyplace on the earth.”
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If Indian involvement within the broadcasting is such a difficulty, why has there been no objection to them being a part of the PSL, he argued.
In the meantime, sources mentioned the PTV needed to pay the arrears of the previous six years to Sony TV, the Indian broadcaster that has broadcasting rights of the sequence.
PTV is in negotiations with Tower Sports activities to get the rights from it as it’s a Dubai-based firm headed by a Pakistani named Zahid Noorani. The sources had been hopeful that the PTV can be ready to finish the preparations.