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The truth behind the PSL live streaming rights controversy has been revealed

The live streaming rights contact of the Pakistan Super League, from 2019 to 2021, featured a clause relating to the conditional promotion of gambling, betting in countries where the practice is legal.

Reports from April had suggested that PCB’s streaming rights were given to a company who then signed a deal with a foreign betting company for the competition. As soon as the matter came to the PCB’s notice, it immediately took it up with the media rights partner and correspondence in this regard is ongoing.

According to the latest development, sources have told Daily Express that the clause 4.4 (b) of the contract included conditional permission for promotion, sponsorship and advertising of gambling, betting and prediction games in countries where it is legally allowed.

“Every country has its own set of laws. In countries such as Australia and England, betting is legal so this form of promotion is allowed. But in Pakistan such a thing is against the law,” said PSL Project Executive Shoaib Naveed

Sources also claimed that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already gotten half of the amount, $0.5 million, as per the three-year streaming rights contract.

PSL’s 5th season was held in Pakistan in its entirity until the semi-finals stage, when the tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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