Indian broadcaster IMG Reliance has withdrawn from its contract to produce coverage of the Pakistan Twenty 20 league following the 'ghastly' terror attack last week in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. The decision was taken after the massive backlash over the terror attacks. According to an IMG-Reliance official, asking not to be named, a mail was sent to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by Reliance officials, informing the decision.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later issued a statement to the effect and stated they are likely to name a new producer.
"The PCB always had a contingency plan in place, and we are confident we will be in a position to announce the new partner. 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," PCB's managing director Wasim Khan said in a statement .
IMG Reliance bagged the deal to produce and broadcast season 4 of the T20 league in January 2019.
Earlier a blast occurred as a vehicle laden with explosives rammed into the CRPF convoy. Soon after the blast, shots were fired at the CRPF jawans. Nearly 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were martyred and many others injured.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, India also revoked the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status that was unilaterally accorded to Pakistan over 20 years ago. The government of India also resolved to isolate Pakistan on the global stage.
Global pressure is building on Pakistan to act against perpetrators of the attack. Despite Chinese reservations, New Delhi has urged the international community to back the naming of JeM leader Masood Azhar as a "UN-designated terrorist".
Furthermore, the central government on Saturday hiked the basic customs duty on all goods imported from the neighbouring country to 200% with immediate effect.