Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has announced to resign from the state-owned Pakistan Television (PTV) after he got involved in a verbal spat with sports expert Nauman Niaz.
Following Pakistan’s win over the New Zealand side on Tuesday, one would think that people would be talking about the post-match analysis but instead, the limelight remained on the brawl between Nauman Niaz and Shoaib Akhtar.
The PTV Sports show “Game on Hai” brought some unwanted drama late Tuesday, soon after Pakistan won against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup.
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The incident became viral on social media with the two becoming top trends on Twitter. Videos of their heated exchange kept circulating – forcing Akhtar to lay forth a video message to “clarify” the situation.
During a discussion on the national squad, Akhtar credited the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) Lahore Qalandars franchise for polishing the talent of Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Niaz took issue with Shoaib Akhtar’s comments and said: “You’re being a little rude here so I don’t wish to say this but if you are trying to be over-smart then you can leave the show. I am clearly saying this on air.”
When Akhtar interrupted, Niaz quickly went for a break.
Once the broadcast resumed after a break, Shoaib Akhtar apologised to the guests on the panel and said that he has decided to tender his resignation from PTV, stating that he could not continue with the show because of how he was treated on national television.
The two were part of a panel for PTV’s world cup special programme “Game On Hai” along with guests such as former England captain David Gower, West Indies batting star Sir Vivian Richards, former Pakistan women’s team captain Sana Mir and fast bowler Umar Gul. The panel was conversing over the Pakistan-New Zealand T20 World Cup game which Pakistan won by five wickets.