IMG Reliance, on the 17th of February, withdrew from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League (PSL,) 2019.
The fourth edition of the PSL is underway in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
According to sources, the IMG Reliance officials sent an email to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) informing them about their withdrawal as the producers of PSL. This move by IMG Reliance came in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, which took place on the 14th of February.
The mail was sent to Sohaib Shiek, the General Manager of Marketing and Sales of PCB and PSL, and Kamil Khan, the General Manager of Marketing, Digital Media and Sports Production at PCB.
The mail reads, “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.” It further read, “The incident that occurred is deeply regrettable.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board is likely to announce, on the 18th of February, the name of the new producer in the place of IMG Reliance.
Wasim Khan, the Managing Director of the PCB, issued a statement, “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.”
Mr. Khan was disappointed with the decision of IMG Reliance, which also removed the portrait of Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, from the Cricket Club India (CCI) in Maharashtra.
D Sports, another sports channel, also suspended the telecast of the PSL in India