Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said the inking of an agreement between Pakistan Television Corporation and Pakistan Cricket Board was a positive development that would encourage sporting activity in the country.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday signed a three-year broadcast deal worth Dollars 200 million with PTV Sports and a cable distribution agreement with I-Media Communication Services. Peacebee expects to earn more than $ 200 million in a three-year contract. It will give the PTV the exclusive broadcasting rights of the PCB's all domestic cricket matches, including Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan Super League, National T20 Cup, One-Day Pakistan Cup, and the National Under-19 one-day and three-day tournaments.
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"I have convinced with great difficulty Misbah, Hafeez and Azhar (who were among the attendees) that the new cricket structure must be allowed to grow and become strong", said Imran, the 1992 World Cup-winning captain.
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According to the PCB press release, all global and home series of the senior, women and junior cricket teams will be broadcast live on PTV Sports.
As per survival of the fittest rule, he said, the PTV needed to compete with private channels through quality content.
Referring to Australia as one of the best performing teams due to effective administration and meritocracy, the prime minister said that competition leads to a better system and a finer team performance. The pact, for three years, was signed in presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the patron of the board. Ten Sports, previously owned by UAE-based promoters, then the Essel Group and eventually Sony Pictures Network in India, had the rights of Pakistan cricket.
The PCB-PTV deal was inked by PCB Chief Executive Officer Waseem Khan and PTV Managing Director Aamer Manzoor, while the agreement between the PCB and the I-Media Communication Services was signed by Waseem Khan and Director Khalid Mehmood.