KARACHI: The cricket followers world wide are feeling thrilled and excited concerning the resumption of worldwide cricket this week after a niche of practically 4 months as England tackle the West Indies and Pakistan in again to again collection in July and August.
The continuing Covid-19 disaster has disadvantaged the followers of any main cricket motion in worldwide circuit throughout this era and the 2 cricket collection are assured to attract unprecedented viewership within the coming weeks with tens of millions glued to their television units all through the English summer season.
The scene isn’t any completely different in Pakistan and residential followers are pinning hopes within the younger Pakistan aspect to offer a troublesome struggle to skilled England workforce within the three-Take a look at collection and later within the T20s.
Nonetheless, in accordance with current stories, PTV Sports activities — a part of nationwide television community which is answerable for bringing cricket motion in addition to sports activities occasions to followers at house from world wide — could not have the ability to telecast the Pakistan-England collection since it’s presently going through huge monetary issues with the broadcasters world wide.
Whereas main worldwide broadcasters will likely be televising the Pakistan-England collection within the Asian circuit together with in Pakistan, sources say that PTV Sports activities won’t be allowed to share the indicators as they owe a staggering amount of cash to the worldwide broadcasters and until that quantity is cleared, they could not have the ability to purchase the rights to telecast any additional cricket matches.
Sources additional stated that PTV has been working from pillar to submit to get the rights for the Pakistan-England Checks and T20s however they haven’t succeeded to this point since have repeatedly defaulted within the current previous and have subsequently not been entertained by the main sports activities networks world wide.
In response to stories, the PTV additionally approached Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to bail them out of the present scenario however the PCB has excused itself and have requested PTV Sports activities to type out their issues on their very own.
Thousands and thousands of followers in Pakistan and world wide are hoping that the present disaster is resolved on the earliest and PTV Sports activities manages to clear the excellent funds to worldwide broadcasters to carry dwell cricket motion at their doorsteps from England.
Printed in Daybreak, July 10th, 2020