Controversy and Shoaib Akhtar go hand in hand. The pacer once again got involved in a controversy when he stormed out of a TV program and later resigned from his job as a cricket expert. Akhtar was upset by the host who had asked him to leave. The 46-year-old said that he was humiliated in front of national TV and in presence of other cricket experts by Nauman Niaz which is why he doesn’t want to continue.
Akhtar had initially walked away and returned to the host to pacify the matter, only to see Niaz not accepting his request of apologizing to him. He kept ignoring Akhtar and that led him to leave the show. This stance from the 46-year-old left the remaining panel experts and fans in a state of shock.
The netizens were in full support of Akhtar and started to demand an apology from the TV channel host. Akhtar cleared the matter on Twitter.
“Multiple clips are circulating on social media so I thought I shud clarify. Dr noman was obnoxious (sic) and rude when he asked me to leave the show,” Akhtar tweeted.
“It was embarrassing especially when you 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. Nauman’s leg with this mutual understanding that dr noman will also politely apologize and we will move on with the show, which he refused to do. Then I had no other choice.”
Akhtar was one of the several experts called on the show along with Sir Vivian Richards, David Gower, Rashid Latif, Umar Gul, Aaqib Javed, and Sana Mir. Meanwhile, what irked the host that he asked Akhtar to leave is still not clear. “You have misbehaved with me and I am telling you you can leave the show now,” the host said.
The 46-year-old was ready to close the unwanted chapter but wanted just an apology from the host who refused. “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,” he said.