“Our association is with Wolf777News only. As a responsible entity, we are aware of our obligations and will neither be associated with a partner that promotes betting or gambling nor will support such venture,” they added.
Wolf777 News sponsored Multan Sultans back in 2022 as well. Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has not taken any measures yet to curb the promotional efforts of surrogate websites despite gambling and betting being illegal in the country.
Three other teams in the just concluded PSL also had surrogate websites as jersey sponsors. This has started discussions in the country about the growing presence of surrogate websites and their surreptitious promotion of betting and gambling platforms.
Recently, just like Rizwan, former Pakistani cricketer, Shahid Afridi also taped out Lotus365 News logo during a match against India Maharajas in the Legends League Cricket Masters tournament which is being held in Doha, Qatar. With gambling and alcohol prohibited in Islam, many other cricketers have also refused to wear jerseys promoting such brands in the past.