Peshawar Zalmi chooses Arab News Pakistan as media partner for PSL

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Updated 11 February 2020

Peshawar Zalmi chooses Arab News Pakistan as media partner for PSL

  • Pakistan Cricket League has played a great role in promoting cricket, Arab News’ Baker Atyani says
  • Pakistan’s inaugural national cricket league was launched in 2016 and has been an unexpected success

KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi, a popular franchise of the Pakistan Super League, on Monday named Arab News Pakistan as its media partner for the tournament’s fifth edition, the owner of the cricket team said.

Pakistan’s inaugural national cricket league, launched in 2016, has been an unexpected success, even though many of the matches have been played in the UAE due to security risks. This is the first year all matches of the series will be played in Pakistan.

“Our partnership with Arab News Pakistan is a great thing and we will continue to extend cooperation to each other for the promotion of cricket in the future,” Javed Afridi, the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, said.

“Coverage by Arab News will further boost the excitement of fans. We are really excited to have this international media partnership with Arab News Pakistan, which is one of the credible news sources for the readers across the globe,” Afridi added.

The South Asian nation had largely been starved of international cricket since the 2009 attack on a bus ferrying Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore which killed eight Pakistanis as well as wounding six players and a British coach. The incident forced Pakistan to play home matches in the United Arab Emirates and led foreign players to refuse to play on Pakistani soil.

Qatar’s BeIN chairman, two others indicted in bribery case

Updated 20 February 2020

Qatar’s BeIN chairman, two others indicted in bribery case

  • Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke charged with accepting bribes, among others
  • Al-Khelaifi charged with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement

GENEVA: Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to World Cup television rights.

The office of Switzerland’s attorney general filed an indictment charging Al-Khelaifi with inciting former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke “to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.”

The Qatari football and television executive, however, no longer faces an accusation of bribery. Following a three-year investigation, FIFA reached an “amicable agreement” with Al-Khelaifi last month, prosecutors said, to drop its criminal complaint relating to the awarding of 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari broadcaster BeIN Sports.

Al-Khelaifi is the head of Doha-based BeIN Sports and also a member of the UEFA executive committee.

Al-Khelaifi was indicted for his alleged part in providing Valcke — who had influence over the awarding of World Cup rights until being removed from office in 2015 — with use of a luxury villa in Sardinia without paying rent valued at up to €1.8 million ($1.94 million).

Valcke was charged with accepting bribes, “several counts of aggravated criminal mismanagement … and falsification of documents.”

For the first time in the five-year investigation of FIFA business, Swiss prosecutors revealed that they believe Valcke received kickbacks totaling €1.25 million to steer World Cup rights toward favored broadcasters in Italy and Greece.

A third person who was not identified was charged with bribery over those payments and also for inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.

Al-Khelaifi was appointed to the UEFA executive committee, representing European football clubs, one year ago despite being implicated in the bribery case. He is also an influential board member of the European Club Association, which is seeking to drive reforms in the Champions League to favor elite clubs such as French champion PSG.

He denied wrongdoing after being questioned in 2017 and 2019 in connection with criminal proceedings opened three years ago.

Al-Khelaifi has also been implicated in a separate corruption investigation by French prosecutors that is linked to Qatar seeking hosting rights for the track and field world championships. Doha hosted the 2019 edition.