PCB Receives Apology From Media Partner In PSL Live Stream Controversy: Sources

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday he said he received a formal apology from his media rights partner for subletting the live stream of PSL-5 to a UK-based betting company, which had sparked a controversy, according to sources.

A well-informed source on developments on this issue told PTI that the high-profile media company had sent an apology after the printed circuit board raised the issue of rights being sold to the betting company 'Bet 365' without their knowledge.

The issue became a cause of embarrassment for the printed circuit board as betting or gambling in any form is illegal in the country.

"The fact is that printed circuit board became aware that the PSL matches were being live streamed by Bet 365 on its website as soon as the league started on 20th February," the source said.

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He said on February 23 or 24, the printed circuit board sent an email to its media rights partner pointing out that it had breached the contract between them by subletting the live streaming rights without informing or getting clearance from the Board as was required in the agreement.

"Later on, the media rights partner also sent an email to the printed circuit board apologising for their mistake and admitted they were at fault in the entire issue."

He said the Board also wrote directly to the betting company on March 1 or 2 to inform that the printed circuit board would be taking legal action against it ( Bet365 ) if you did not stop the live broadcast of the matches immediately.

"The printed circuit board informed the betting company that it was given live streaming rights without its ( printed circuit board 's) knowledge which was a must under the contract they had with their media rights partner," the source added.

He said immediately after getting the printed circuit board 's mail, the betting company stopped live streaming of the matches around March 3.

The source said the impression created in the media that the printed circuit board was unaware about the live streaming of matches on the website of a betting company until the PSL was coming to an end was incorrect.

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