The Pakistan Cricket Board has weaved in a partnership with the consortium of Blitz and Trans Group for broadcast and production of the Pakistan Super League 2019. The PSL 2019 was faced with uncertainty over live broadcast after IMG-Reliance had abruptly terminated their contract with the ongoing league in the aftermath of the terror strike by Pakistan-backed terrorists in the Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir.
Blitz and Trans Group has stepped in as the new live production partner for the Pakistan Super League 2019. Blitz are the PCB’s broadcast partners in Pakistan, while Trans Group are the event management partners.
Blitz and Trans Group will start their coverage when the matches resume today (Wednesday).
The announcement by IMG-Reliance, an Indian company, that they would not be producing TV coverage of the PSL came on Sunday, three days after a suicide bomb attack in Kashmir resulted in the martyrdom of 44 CRPF jawans.
The cowardly act of terrorism, backed by State- and ISI-sponsored outfits from across the border, has severely strained relations between India and Pakistan. The acrimony spilled over into cricket, not just with IMG-Reliance’s decision, but with TV channel DSports ceasing broadcasting of the PSL in India. Cricketgateway’s website, which has provided online coverage of the PSL for the past two seasons, has also stopped providing its coverage in India.
IMG-Reliance’s decision left the PCB scrambling to find a replacement within the two days that the PSL was on a break for before games resume in Sharjah on Wednesday, The deal with Blitz and Trans Group goes some way to assuaging fears that the PSL would be left without a production partner, a major concern given TV revenue was overwhelmingly the largest source of income for the tournament.