DSport drops PSL 2019 coverage in India after Pulwama attacks

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


DSport has dropped coverage of the ongoing Pakistan Super League 2019 in India, after the Pulwama terror attack last week.

DSport ceased broadcasting of the lucrative cricket tournament on Sunday, three days after the attack, which killed over 40 CRPF paramilitary personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

Furthermore, producers of the tournament, IMG Reliance also backed away from PSL 2019, which could prove a bitter blow to the organisers. “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,” PCB’s Managing Director Wasim Khan said.

He added, “The PCB has also noted the recent turn of events and expresses its extreme disappointment as we have always believed and emphasised that sport and politics should be kept separate. History tells us that sports, particularly cricket, have always played a key role in building bridges between people and countries. Unfortunately, denying India cricket fans the right to follow HBL PSL by blocking all digital coverage as well as covering or removing portrait of former Pakistan cricket captain and Prime Minister Imran Khan and other legendary cricketers from one of the most historic cricket clubs and venues are highly regrettable actions.”

In the UK, Hum Masala is the sole broadcaster of the event.