The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the broadcasting right’s for Pakistan’s home matches and Pakistan Super League matches for the next three years.
The deal will end after the 2023 Pakistan Super League. During this time, teams like South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia and West Indies will tour Pakistan, much to fans’ delight.
For Pakistan itself, the hosting rights went to PTV Sports and Geo Sports for broadcasting all of Pakistan’s home matches, the PSL and domestic matches such as Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and National T20 Cup.
As for international, top quality broadcasters like Sky Sports and Super Sports will be showing all home matches for Pakistan. Super Sports is already in deal with PCB as they had made an agreement last October. They will be broadcasting Pakistan matches in the Africa region. They broadcasted the Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan series last November.
Sky Sports, one of the top broadcasters in the world, will be broadcasting matches both in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Other broadcasters such as Willow TV and Flow Sports will also be broadcasting Pakistan home games for the next three years. Willow TV will broadcast home and PSL matches in North American region. They have already broadcasted three PSL seasons. Flow Sports will broadcast matches in the Caribbean Region.
PCB in talks with Sony Pictures for broadcasting rights
Meanwhile, PCB are in talks with Sony Pictures Network for broadcasting Pakistan’s home and PSL matches for a three-year deal.
A Sony official confirmed that the done is almost deal and the arrangement could kickstart from the upcoming South Africa tour of Pakistan series, starting this January 26th.
“We have agreed on everything in principle and if all things fall in place, we could start showing the games as early as January 26 itself. All their games, be it in Pakistan or in UAE, will be on Sony Sports for three years.” – the Sony official said.
Due to the tension between the two nations, this deal is rare as the PCB has been untouched with the deal of Indian broadcasters lately. Despite those, PSL matches were was live-streamed instead of live-telecast in India. One of India’s channels, DSport, showed the 2018 edition and abruptly stopped 2019 edition after the Pulwama attacks.
The deal will be finalized in the later time with both parties expecting to be done before the South Africa tour of Pakistan proceed.
|Broadcasting rights for Pakistan’s home and PSL matches|
|Sky Sports||United Kingdom, New Zealand|
|Super Sports||Africa region|
|Willow TV||North America region|
|Flow Sports||Caribbean region|
|Sony Pictures Network||India|
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