India vs Pakistan matches always invite controversy but media boycotting the match, not covering at all was certainly a dramatic move from Zee News and it’s websites as they missed out on a whole lot of revenues. Subhash Chandra, the Chairman of Essel Group and Rajya Sabha MP announced that the network will boycott previous India vs Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy clash on June 4 and there will be no coverage whatsoever. Now, the question arises again, will Zee network cover the India vs Pakistan final clash or not? Twitterati have already started asking questions from Zee News, few of them have resorted to trolling them.
His clarification for not doing coverage of India vs Pakistan match was because of the contest terrorist activity on the border. He tweeted on June 4, “Producers stopped casting Pak (Pakistan) actors, similarly, Pak banned our TV programs. If Afghan (Afghanistan) can stop cricketing ties with Pak post-Kabul attack then what is the need for us to continue after numerous terrorist attacks.”
His move was backed by Zee News’ Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary who urged his viewers to boycott the India vs Pakistan match. On Twitter, it got mixed responses as well.
— ˈsärˌkazəm (@SarcasticRofl) June 15, 2017
Subhash chandra and sudhir chaudhary leaving india before finals. pic.twitter.com/7qEoou8RFF
— super bhakt (@nasamajhchora) June 14, 2017
— Amit Tyagi (@hiambuj) June 15, 2017
If So, what about राष्ट्रवाद?
— Saurabh Rai (@SaurabhRai_INC) June 15, 2017
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) June 15, 2017
I wonder what @ZeeNews would be thinking should India play Pakistan in Final or Boycott it
— Atul Rinwa (@BleedAtul) June 16, 2017
Zee News should Boycott India Pakistan Final match
— FAN (@NextToSRK) June 15, 2017
— Gaurav dhawan (@GauravDhawan399) June 15, 2017
@ZeeNews Now that India & Pakistan are going to play finals of Champions Trophy are you going to give updates ot the match on your channel?
— Arun Naik (@arunbnaik) June 15, 2017
With Retired Major Surendra Poonia posted a video urging skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to walk out of the Pakistan match.
#INDvBAN Zee news full confusion me he team India ko match jeetne ki mubarkbad de ya Pakistan se match nhi khelne pe Debate kre
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrkone) June 15, 2017
— Somsuvra Dhar (@Imshom) June 15, 2017
— RealityCheck (@rupeshrupakk) June 15, 2017
pl do play this hindi patriotic song in ur channel when India beat Pakistan on 18th @ https://t.co/zvZPyg1n5h , Pathfinder club
— PATHFINDERS CLUB (@hi_pathfinders) June 15, 2017
On June 3, #WalkOutOfPakistanMatch starting trending on Twitter as well with people supporting Zee News’ move to cut any sort of ties with Pakistan even if it is playing a cricket match. There were mixed responses as well as Twitterati terming the organisation as a hypocrite for telecasting Pakistan TV shows and boycotting India vs Pakistan match.