With the broadcast of the ongoing Test series between Pakistan and Australia facing disruptions in the sub-continent nation due to the presence of betting advertisements, the issue has now come to a close. State broadcaster PTV had suspended the first day coverage of the Boxing Day Test that started on December 26th at MCG.
Ten Sports also had broadcast rights and continued to telecast the series in PTV's absence. The Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued a notice forbidding the broadcast or distribution of advertisements from any proxy companies that promote gambling and betting during any sporting events in the country.
Following PEMRA's directive, the feed provided to Pakistan will not include any kind of betting advertisements or anything which promotes gambling, making PTV available for coverage in the sub-continent nation.
Batting collapse hurts Pakistan on day 2:
Pakistan, meanwhile, have found the going tough against a strong Australian side as they trail the three-Test series by 1-0. The tourists were battered in the opening Test at the Optus Stadium in Perth by 360 runs as Australia thrived across facets on a bouncy track.
Even after restricting Australia to 318, Pakistan batters could not seize the initiative as the hosts kept coming up at them relentlessly. Nathan Lyon took the first wicket of Imam-ul-Haq, but the collapse was triggered by Pat Cummins, who dismissed the likes of Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique, and Agha Salman.
From a comfortable 120-1, spearheaded by the 90-run partnership between Shafique and Shan Masood, the tourists slipped to 194-6 by stumps. With Mohammad Rizwan still at the crease, the Men in Green will look to reduce the deficit as much as possible.