Watch: Shoaib Akhtar responds to his ‘insult’ on PTV Sports

Watch: Shoaib Akhtar responds to his ‘insult’ on PTV Sports

Akhtar points a video assertion clarifying his place, saying he was able to bury the hatchet to forestall additional embarrassment

By Web Desk

October 27, 2021

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

Former Pakistani fast-bowler Shoaib Akhar — recognized for his blunt opinions — bought 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 reside present after the anchor, Dr  Niaz, advised 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 able to bury the hatchet to forestall additional embarrassment.

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

“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 mentioned in his video message. 

The star-cricketer mentioned 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 mentioned, including that he advised him [Niaz] that we have 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 mentioned, including   that when the present resumed he mentioned 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 mentioned that he tried his stage finest to restore the harm 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 believed I ought to resign and depart,” 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 a bit impolite and I do not need to say this: however in the event you’re being over good, 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.

“Quite a lot of apologies guys, loads of apologies. I’m resigning from PTV. The approach I’ve been handled on nationwide TV, I do not suppose I needs to be sitting right here proper now. So, I’m resigning. Thank you very a lot,” he mentioned, 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.