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PCB reacts after CCI removes Imran Khan posters: Will take this up with ICC and BCCI

India Today logo India Today 18-02-2019 India Today Web Desk

The Pakistan Cricket Board has expressed its "disappointment" after Pakistan Super League coverage was suspeded in India and also the portrait of Imran Khan was removed from the Cricket Cricket Club of India in Mumbai. The steps were taken in the wake of Pulwama terror attack last week.

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IMG Reliance on Sunday pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League, meaning the PSL will go off air unless the PCB brings in an alternate production services.

At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel lost their lives on Thursday after a car loaded with explosives rammed into a truck carrying the soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League got underway on Thursday (February 14), on the day the terrorists attacked the security forces.

"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.

Wasim added: "The PCB has also noted the recent turn of events and expresses its extreme disappointment as we have always believed and emphasised that sports 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.

"The PCB intends to take up these incidents with the BCCI and the ICC at the upcoming ICC committee meeting in Dubai later this month."

DSport were expected to stop the telecast in India from the second day of the league but due to some technical problems they were not able to do so. However, DSport blacked out their broadcast from the fifth game which was played from 9:30 PM IST on Saturday.

On Saturday, Cricket Club of India in Mumbai removed the portrait of Imran Khan, former Pakistan captain and now the Prime Minister of the country, after the attack.

Imran Khan's portrait found a place in the prestigious club's 'All rounder' restaurant as well as a Pakistan team photograph involving him on one of the walls of the club. Both have now been removed.

"We know which country is behind the terror attack. It was decided that the sentiments of the people of the country were to be upheld and therefore the move to remove his portrait," a senior committee member told India Today.

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