The fourth edition of Pakistan Super League is in trouble following the terror attack in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. 

After D-Sport, the official broadcaster of the Pakistan Super League suspended broadcast of the league, now it is time for IMG Reliance. On Sunday, IMG Reliance pulled out as the producers of Pakistan Super League. The decision was taken followed by the Pulwama terror attacks on Thursday.

The Backstory

On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF personnel died on Thursday in a terror attack in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A suicide bomber rammed his Scorpio SUV laden with explosives into a CRPF bus. Jaish-e-Mohammad took responsibility for the attack and identified the bomber as a 20-year-old local resident from Pulwama district. The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles with 2,547 CRPF personnel, moving from Jammu to Srinagar. According to the sources, most of them were returning from leave to join duty in Srinagar.

IMG Reliance was the official producer of Pakistan Super League, fourth edition. As a protest of the terror attack, the decision to withdraw their tie-up with the league. According to an IMG-Reliance official, a mail was sent to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by Reliance officials, informing the decision.

PCB On IMG Decision

The official mail from IMG was addressed to Sohaib Sheikh, General Manager Marketing & Sales PCB and PSL, and Kamil Khan General Manager Marketing, Digital Media and Sports Production at Pakistan Cricket Board. IMG Reliance explained in the mail,

“Due to unfortunate events a couple of days back which resulted in the death of Indian soldiers, IMG Reliance is pulling out with immediate effects, from offering broadcast production services for PSL. The incident that occurred is deeply regrettable.”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later issued a statement on the current status of PSL broadcasting. They informed that PCB will name a new producer on soon.

“We have been informed by IMG Reliance that they will be unable to partner with us for the remaining HBL PSL 2019 and PCB has reserved all its rights. The PCB always had a contingency plan in place, and we are confident we will be in a position to announce the new partner on Monday after the completion of the formalities,” said PCB’s Managing Director Wasim Khan in the statement.

Pakistan Super League in Trouble

Earlier D-Sport, the official broadcaster of Pakistan Super League in India suspended the telecast. The decision from Reliance came just a few hours after D-Sport’s decision. IMG Reliance bagged the deal to produce and broadcast season 4 of the T20 league in January 2019. The Pakistan Super League began its fourth season in Dubai on February 14. IMG was the only producer of the league. This means PSL will go off air until PCB signs a new deal and brings in other alternative options. So with the current situation, it is important for the PCB to find out a new producer as soon as possible for the smooth functioning of the league.

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