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Indian Sport channel and Cricket website pulls the plug on Pakistan Super League

Another drama created by Indian government and media has been exposed regarding Pulwama attack, on Sunday.

According to details, Indian media falsely reported that Abdul Rashid Ghazi was the mastermind behind the attack in Pulwama which killed at least 44 Indian paramilitary personnel.

Reports by Indian media also claimed that Abdul Rashid Ghazi has been traced, while the truth is Ghazi was killed by Pakistani security forces in 2007 in an operation.

On Thursday (14 February), a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy with an explosive-laden vehicle, jamming the SUV into the  CRPF bus in Pulwama district (Jammu and Kashmir). More than 40 soldiers have lost their lives, and many are critically injured.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolve to avenge “each drop of tear shed” in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, Indian Sports channel and cricket website pulls the plug on Pakistan Super League.

Indian sports channel DSport and Cricket website Cricbuzz has stopped the PSL broadcasting and coverage as a protest against the Pulwama attack.

In the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack on CRPF personnel, DSport has snapped its ties with the Pakistan Super League.  The Indian television channel, which was launched by Discovery Networks Asia Pacific in 2017, was slated to broadcast all the games of the ongoing Pakistan Super League in India.

In February 2017, the Discovery Networks Asia Pacific launched their sports channel DSport in India. It has regularly broadcasted various live sports. This Indian channel also broadcasts the cricket tournaments.

Apart from a few international cricket assignments, this channel also now televises Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Afghanistan Premier League (APL), PSL etc.

India had no broadcasters during the first two PSL editions. Later, the new Indian sports channel DSport has started to broadcast the PSL from the third season (PSL 2018).

The ongoing PSL 2019 has just started on 14 February, and it will run till 17 March. DSport has already telecasted the PSL 2019 opening ceremony and the first three games.

While at other side, Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan’s portrait has been removed from the Cricket Club of India in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

Cricket Club of India covers Imran Khan’s photo at CCI Headquarters in Mumbai in wake of Pulwama Attack. Photo: Twitter ANI

The current Pakistan Prime Minister’s portrait was placed in the All rounder restaurant in the club. A photograph of Imran Khan with his national teammates, which was on one of the walls of the club, has also been removed.

A decision to this effect was taken by the club’s managing committee following the Pulwama terror attack which claimed the life of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.

The bilateral tension between the two neighbours, nonetheless, is bound to increase after the latest attack. Consequently, any hopes of seeing the two countries resuming their rivalry on the cricket field also looks bleak now.

India have not played a full bilateral Test series against Pakistan since 2007 when the latter visited India for three Tests and five One-Day Internationals. They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20s in India in December 2012, but otherwise, both have faced each other only in the ICC organised events or the Asia Cup.

The BCCI has also not kept Pakistan in its Future Tour Programmed for 2019-2023 cycles, snubbing the neighbouring country amongst its six proposed opponents for the World Test Championship beginning in 2019.

(With content from Agencies)

 

 

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