PCB announces new live production partners for PSL 2019

The PSL is currently underway in Dubai

The PSL is currently underway in Dubai

On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed in a terror attack while several others are battling for their lives following what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir. On Saturday, the government hiked the customs duty on all goods imported from Pakistan to 200% with immediate effect, a day after it revoked the most favoured nation (MFN) status that it had given its neighbour in 1996.

In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, Indian broadcaster IMG-Reliance has withdrawn its commitment of producing television coverage of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Times Internet-owned Cricbuzz which provides ball-by-ball commentary for every major cricket match across the world was the first to stop coverage. The acrimony spilled over into cricket, not just with IMG-Reliance's decision, but with TV channel DSports ceasing broadcasting of the PSL in India. Currently, if a user tries to reach the PSL 2019 highlights webpage, the site reads " Invalid URL entered".

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The company was televising Season 4 of the PSL, with the matches now being held in the UAE, as well as the knockout games and final when matches return to Karachi and Lahore next month. Any content related to the game has been taken down from the platform. However, DSport stopped the broadcast of the league from the fifth game onwards which was played on 16th February.

The cricketing stars, who are playing in IPL since a long time like AB de Villiers, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell are also playing in this year's PSL.

The Indian cricket industry has also strongly condemned the attack. Leading the way have been Cricket Club of India (CCI) and Rajasthan Cricket Academy (RCA) who registered their protest by either covering or removing portraits of Pakistani cricketers.

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