Is PSL (Pakistan Super League) Banned in India?
History of Pakistan Super League
Pakistan super league (PSL) is a cricket tournament that takes place from February to March annually. It is played in the T-20 format in which 6 teams represent the 6 cities of Pakistan. PSL’s was founded on 9th September and officially launched on 4th of February 2016. The official launching of PSL took place in the United Arab Emirates due to security reasons.
Initially, 5 PSL teams played for two seasons. Now an additional team (Multan Sultans) has been added making it 6 teams that feature in PSL. The Pakistan cricket authorities don’t follow the auction method of buying players as done in India. They follow the draft method of hiring players as done by many American sports league companies.
Pakistan Super League Broadcasting:
All events of the PSL were aired and telecasted all over including India when it started in 2016. Things were going smooth until the Pulwama attack occurred on 14th February 2019. A suicide bomb attack shook the convoy of CRPF personnel on their way to Jammu- Srinagar highway. Things turned sour among the two neighbouring countries and retaliatory measures were taken.
India banned the live telecast of PSL Season 4 aired by D sports which refused to broadcast further sports events hosted by Pakistan. Moreover, IMG Reliance also backed out of telecasting any PSL events mid-tournament citing solidarity with the Indian soldiers.
Everything you want to know about PSL schedule 2021:
Pakistan is all set to hold the PSL League Season 6 from February to March 2021. This time too six teams will compete against each other to win the title prize of PSL 2021. The opening ceremony will be telecasted live and broadcasted from Istanbul (Turkey). Due to the COVID pandemic the ceremony can only be viewed through virtual mode.
Guidelines for PSL:
Following the guidelines issued by NCOC (National Command and Operation Centre) only 20 percent of the spectators will be allowed to attend the matches per day. The PSL matches will begin from 20th February to March 16th 2021. The ticket bookings can be made from 11th February onwards.
Previously PSL T20 tournaments were broadcasted on Eurosport but now Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has signed a three year deal with Sony. Hence, Sony Pictures Network will be airing all international matches of Pakistan.
The rules are followed in accordance with the International Cricket Council. The six teams will play a total of 10 matches. For every match won by a team 2 points are credited to them. No points are credited if a team loses a match whereas 1 point is added if the match results in a draw. The teams which reach the top 4 positions will be qualified to play the play- offs with each other.
Teams Featuring In PSL 2021 with Schedule:
The venue for the event is National stadium Karachi and Gaddafi stadium Lahore. The capacity of the National stadium is 32000 and that of Gaddafi stadium is 27000. Six teams will be competing in the season 6 of PSL this year which are listed below.
- Islamabad United
- Karachi Kings
- Lahore Qalandars
- Multan Sultans
- Peshawar Zalmi
- Quetta Gladiators
Live streaming and broadcasting:
As mentioned earlier, the rights of live coverage and telecast of Pakistan Super League 2021 in India and the Indian sub-continent have been given to Sony TEN and Sony TEN 2 HD.
PSL Not Banned In India This Time:
This year Sony Pictures Sports Networks India has been given a 3 years contract for exclusively telecasting PSL 2021 including other OTT mediums. This means that viewers would be able to enjoy their fantasy sport in India. It is good news for cricket fans since the ban on Pakistan Super League has been lifted this year.
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