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Pakistan bans 2019 IPL coverage

The upcoming season of the Indian Premier League will not be broadcast in Pakistan, it has been confirmed.

The IncPak website reports that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has been told not to air the Twenty20 cricket competition, which gets underway on Saturday and runs until May 19.

It comes after Indian broadcaster DSport opted not to exploit its rights to Pakistan’s Twenty20 Super League amid ongoing political tension between the two countries. Last month, at least 40 Indian paramilitary troopers were killed in a terrorist attack in the Indian region of Kashmir.

IncPak’s report added that PEMRA must ensure that the ban on IPL coverage in Pakistan is “in its true letters and spirit.”