The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already up and running with each of the teams trying their best to make way to the trophy. The addition of two new teams- Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans- have just made the league much more interesting and competitive.
Cricket fans all over the world have been enjoying the league through TV and online streaming platforms but one of the neighbouring nations of India has stopped the broadcast of this mega tournament completely. The ongoing season of IPL is not being broadcasted in Sri Lanka due to the current economic crisis in the Island nation which had a drastic impact on the daily lives of its citizens.
According to reports, the ongoing financial crisis in Sri Lanka has adversely affected the broadcast of IPL 2022 too. The reports further add that the marquee league has also stopped getting media coverage with two of the most popular newspapers in Sri Lanka not publishing any stories regarding the tournament.
The print media “is struggling to meet the cost of paper” and the news is being published online for the time being. As far as electronic media is concerned, the crisis has worsened so much that many TV channels have also been shut down. Even though the Sri Lankan cricket fans along with the local channels have demanded the broadcast rights of the IPL, the sorry state of the economic situation in the country is such that the tournament cannot be televised in the country.
Notably, Sri Lanka is facing its worst-ever economic crisis. The Rajapaksa administration is not in a position to pay for essential imports due to a shortage in foreign currency, as the result of which the prices of basic commodities have skyrocketed and inflation is on the rise.