Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a press release after it was reported on news that PCB has illegally allowed Pakistan first class international cricketers to play in the upcoming T-10 series, in Sharjah which is allegedly owned by Indian nationals. The allegations were grounded on the fact that T-10 series is a competing tournament against PCB’s own seriesPSL (Pakistan super league) which will be played in the same venues, and sending players to T-10 series without open bidding implied sabotage of home series.
A PCB press release in response to the made allegations read as “It is surprising that a media group that promotes Aman Ki Asha with India, shows Indian films and promotes the Indian Premier League (IPL) should object to the involvement of one Indian investor only in the T10 league and tar a national Pakistani brand like PSL,”
PCB also mentioned about the story on The News, which highlighted the issue as an attempt to damage National brand like PSL while in a previous press release it was called to be against ‘National Interest.’
On the other hand the spokesperson of Jang media group has maintained that PCB is still not absolve from the charges rather has tried to hide them under the cover of Aman ki Asha. He also advised PCB that instead of getting into conflicting media narratives PCB should had answered to the questions raised on it. Secondly, he also said that showing Indian content and advertising Indian premier league is lawful in Pakistan. However, sending the assets of PCB to play a league without open bidding is not legal.
Jang group spokesperson also assured that they support PSL by sponsoring different teams and also broadcasting the match with lower fee charges but will not tolerate selling of state assets on free and without due process.
PCB has now publicly admitted that on exchange of sending players they been offered of $400,000 which once again makes the story more controversial other than the fact that PCB chairman Najam Sethi and all others had initially decided collectively that they will not support T10 series since it can be detrimental to PSL but after four months of time the stance changed in diametrically opposite direction.
Chairman of PCB, Najam Sethi has been with Jang group of media for a quite long period of time and has also rendered his support whenever needed but now it seems that Sethi is trapped by his friends-turned-foes.
Nonetheless, Karachi King’s team owner has supposedly shares in the upcoming T10 series and the broadcasting rights given to ARY channel only (Supports Karachi Kings in PSL) makes the allegations on PCB more strong.
It is high time for PCB to come forward and give every minor detail on the issue so it could retain its reputation among masses and particularly cricket lovers.
MediaBites Editorial: Mudabbir Ali & Imran Malik
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