Shoaib Akhtar responds to his ‘insult’ on PTV Sports

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Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. — AFP/File
Former Pakistani quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar. — AFP/File

Former Pakistani fast-bowler Shoaib Akhar — identified for his blunt opinions — acquired right into a heated argument with sports activities anchor Dr Nauman Niaz at PTV  Sports present “Game on Hai” on Tuesday night time after Pakistan defeated New Zealand with 5 wickets.

 Akhtar walked out of the stay present after the anchor, Dr  Niaz, informed him to “leave the show” following an argument involving Haris Rauf.

Various clips began circulating on social media, after which Akhtar issued a video assertion on Twitter clarifying his place on the matter, saying he was prepared to bury the hatchet to stop additional embarrassment.

However, he stated he did ask for an apology on air from Niaz, which the PTV anchor refused to give.

“Multiple clips are circulating on social media so I thought I should clarify,” he captioned the video assertion.

“An unpleasant incident took place on PTV where Nauman Niaz was being obnoxious and he asked me to leave for no rhyme and reason I don’t know why he said that,” Akhtar stated in his video message. 

The star-cricketer stated that the PTV anchor abruptly insulted him on nationwide tv.

“In the break, I realised that legends are sitting on the set which included foreigners as well and what image will go out,” he stated, including that he informed him [Niaz] that we’d like to end this as a result of the clips will get viral after which there can be no answer.

“He also said that yes let’s finish this so that foreigners don’t feel bad and a wrong image doesn’t go,” he stated, including   that when the present resumed he stated it was a joke and he was pulling Niaz’s leg however “I also asked him to apologise on air but he didn’t.”

“When he didn’t say sorry I thought I had enough and I should leave,” Shoaib Akhtar recalled.

Rawalpindi Express stated that he tried his stage greatest to restore the injury throughout the programme,”I was trying to end it but he didn’t end this and did not apologise.”

“He insulted a national star on national television and I felt very bad because foreign stars were also sitting and what would have they thought.

“That’s why I assumed I ought to resign and go away,” he stated.

However, Akhtar termed the incident “very dangerous” and said this should not have happened.

Niaz’s side of story

Reacting to the criticism received  Niaz said, “one side of the story always attracts.”

“I wonder why one has to be reminded @shoaib100mph is a star,” Niaz wrote on Twitter following a backlash on social media.

“He [Akhtar] has been the best of the best, he shall always be. He has brought laurels to the country is undeniable,” he added.

Niaz further added: “One side of the story always attracts [attention] nonetheless having been friends for ages I’ll always wish him the best.”

What Happened at the show?

The controversy had erupted when the guests got together to analyse the game after Pakistan’s victory on PTV Sports.

As Akhtar was going through some cricket trivia — during which he credited the Pakistan Super League’s Lahore Qalandars team for discovering Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf — Niaz, seemed to take offence and snapped back at Akhtar.

“You’re being just a little impolite and I do not need to say this: however in case you’re being over sensible, you’ll be able to go. I’m saying this on-air,” Niaz told a dumbstruck Shoaib, cutting him short and moving to the next guest for their comment.

It wasn’t clear what rubbed Niaz the wrong way, and it seemed Shoaib himself was caught off guard.

As the tension in the room heightened following the interruption, Niaz called for a commercial break.

The show later resumed, but the atmosphere remained charged, and Akhtar, despite making an effort, seemingly struggled to get over the way he had been cut off.

He eventually decided to walk away from the show after apologising to the other guests, which included the likes of Sana Mir, Sir Viv Richards and David Gower, among others.

“Numerous apologies guys, loads of apologies. I’m resigning from PTV. The manner I’ve been handled on nationwide TV, I do not assume I must be sitting right here proper now. So, I’m resigning. Thank you very a lot,” he stated, earlier than unclipping his mic and getting up from the desk.

Niaz, seemingly undeterred by Shoaib’s departure, continued studying from his script as if nothing had occurred.

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