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Shoaib Akhtar resigns from PTV after being insulted by the host on Live Television

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has been on controversy when he walked out of a TV programme and resigned from his job as cricket analyst after being told to leave the set by the host of the show at state-owned PTV.

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Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has been on a controversy when he walked out of a TV programme and resigned from his job as cricket analyst after being told to leave the set by the host of the show at state-owned PTV. Akhtar who is  46 years old, said he had been treated badly and insulted on air by the host in the post-match show following Pakistan’s five-wicket win over New Zealand in ongoing T20 the World Cup on Tuesday.

Akhtar, who played 46 Tests and 163 ODIs, got up, took off his microphone and left. However, Host Nauman Niaz didn’t attempt to call him back and showed no reaction at all and carried on with the show as normal.

But the other guests on the show including greats were clearly shaken by the incident. The guests present included Sir Vivian Richards, David Gower, Rashid Latif, Umar Gul, Rashid Latif, Aaqib Javed and Pakistan women’s team captain Sana Mir.

Akhtar’s walkout prompted a storm on social media. A large number of netizens sympathised with him and demanded an apology from the PTV sports host, Niaz, who is a well-known cricket historian and analyst who heads the PTV sports department.

Clips of the argument between Akhtar and the host were also shared widely on social media. Meanwhile, Akhtar himself took to Twitter on Wednesday to clarify his position.

He tweeted, “Multiple clips are circulating on social media so I thought I shud clarify. dr noman was obnoxious and rude wen he asked me to leave the show.”

“It was embarrassing specially wen u have legends like sir Vivian Richards and David gower sitting on the set with some of my contemporaries and seniors and millions watching.

“I tried to save everyone from embarrassment by saying I was pulling dr noman’s leg with this mutual understanding that dr noman will also politely apologise and we will move on with the show, which he refused to do. Then I had no other choice.”

Sources say, the problem began apparently when Akhtar ignored the line of questioning by the host and decided to talk about pacer Haris Rauf and chose to lavish praise on the Pakistan Super League franchise Lahore Qalanders and its coach Aaqib for discovering Haris and supporting him properly.

Pointing towards the former Test pacer, Akhtar said, “This is the guy who deserves all the credit. It was Lahore Qalanders who gave us Haris Rauf.” This was when Noman tried to interrupt him.

The host was clearly annoyed and irritated with Akhtar trying to undermine him. He also told Shoaib that he had been misbehaving with him and he would not tolerate that and in such circumstances, it was better if he left the show and then went for a commercial break.

“You have misbehaved with me and I am telling you you can leave the show now,” the host said.

After the break when the transmission resumed, there was more drama when Akhtar said he would like to close the unpleasant incident but demanded an apology from the host, who did not budge and started discussing the match.

A few minutes later Akhtar turned to his fellow experts on the show and after apologising to them announced he was resigning from PTV sports.

He said, “My apologies for this but I am resigning immediately from PTV sports as I have been insulted and treated badly on live television in front of the nation.”

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