ICC Champions trophy 2017: Zee news media won't cover match between India and Pakistan, says Subhash Chandra

Subhash Chandra is boycotting the match in "support of the armed forces".

Chairman of Essel Group and Rajya sabha MP, Subhash Chandra, has said that the company’s media outlets, including newspapers and newspapers, will not provide any coverage of the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan.

Chandra is boycotting the match in “support of the armed forces”. “Government made it clear that terror and talks can’t go together then how come terror and cricket can go together,” Chandra took to Twitter and said in a series of tweets.

Subhash Chandra said that all channels, news portals, newspapers under Zee Media – including Zee News, Zee Hindustan, WION, DNA – will not cover any news on the match.

“Producers stopped casting Pakistan actors, similarly, Pakistan banned our TV programs,” he said, adding that if Afghanistan can stop cricketing ties with Pakistan following the recent Kabul attack, why can India not do the same.

Chandra said Zee Media would have a special series for the entire Champions Trophy later, but will exclude the India-Pakistan match from it.

Backing Chandra, Zee News Editor-In-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary also urged the viewers’ to support this move by the channel. “Bat, ball and bombs cannot go together,” he tweeted.

Earlier, Subhash Chandra had tweeted saying the Board of Control for Cricket in India should have refused to play the match with Pakistan.

India and Pakistan are set to face each other in their ICC Champions Trophy group match today in Birmingham, England.

Last year, following the Uri attack in September, Chandra had said Zee’s channel Zindagi was going to stop broadcasting Pakistani television shows.