Oct 27, 2021: Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar walked out of a live cricket show on state-run PTV Sports when anchor Dr Noman Niaz asked him to “leave the show” after an argument.
Various clips circulating on social media suggested that this unfortunate incident started when Shoaib Akhtar mentioned the Lahore Qalandars’ player development program to praise Harris Rauf, the man of the match in Pakistan’s victory over New Zealand.
Rejecting Akhtar, the anchor said that Shaheen Shah Afridi is a product of under-19 cricket.
However, Anchor said he [Shoaib Akhtar] is being over smart and should leave the show. The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes. After the show resumed, Akhtar was still on the set but looked restless. On one occasion, the two tried to play the incident under the pretext of planning in advance and that they were trying to pull each other’s legs.
The fast bowler, however, said in a video statement that it was an attempt to calm the situation after insulting him in front of all the legends of the world.
It is worth mentioning that the participants of the show included cricket stars Viv Richards, David Gower, Azhar Mahmood, Rashid Latif, Aqib Javed and Sana Mir. Akhtar said, “When Dr. Noman asked me to leave the show, he was rude and insulting. It was embarrassing, especially when you have some of my contemporaries on the set of legends like Sir Vivian Richards and David Gower. And sit with the elders and millions of people, ”Akhtar said.
“I tried to save everyone from embarrassment by saying I was pulling Dr Noman’s leg with this mutual understanding that he will also politely apologise and we will move on with the show, which he refused to do. Then I had no other choice,” he added.
Fans on social media expressed support for Akhtar after the episode and criticized the anchorperson of PTV Sports for his behavior.
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