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‘Thats hilarious’, Shoaib Akhtar responds to PTV’s statement about off-airing him


Earlier today, PTV issued an official statement declaring that PTV authorities have decided to off-air both the anchorperson Nouman Niaz and former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar over spat during a live show. 

“PTV has decided to take both Nauman Niaz and Shoaib Akhtar off-air until the inquiry of the spat between the two completes. They both won’t be allowed to take part in any program aired by PTV”, the statement by PTV read. 

The Nation was quick to share the news on Twitter. Rawalpindi express responded the news shared by The Nation by calling the notification by PTV ‘hilarious’.

Well thats hilarious.

I resigned in front of 220 million Pakistanis & billions across the world.

Is PTV crazy or what? Who are they to off air me? https://t.co/514Mk0c64e

— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 28, 2021 “>

“Well thats hilarious. I resigned in front of 220 million Pakistanis & billions across the world. Is PTV crazy or what? Who are they to off air me?’, the cricketer tweeted on his official Twitter handle. 

Earlier, following an on-air spat between former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and PTV Sports anchorperson Nauman Niaz, the state broadcaster has decided to take both personalities off-air.

According to a statement issued by the PTV, “neither Akhtar nor Dr Nauman will not be allowed to appear in any programme on PTV,” until the completion of the inquiry into the matter.    

Sources stated that the decision was taken upon the recommendation of an inquiry committee formed by the PTV to investigate the episode.

The recommendation was presented during a meeting of the inquiry committee in which the managing director of the state broadcaster, along with other higher-ups, was present.

During the meeting, the unpleasant episode that occurred between legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar and Niaz was thoroughly discussed and a report prepared in this regard was also reviewed, sources said.

The inquiry committee said that it had interviewed Niaz regarding the spat after which it forwarded the recommendation of taking Niaz off-air. Meanwhile, the inquiry committee had also summoned Shoaib Akhtar to appear before it, but Akhtar refused, saying that the committee should review the videos instead of asking him to appear it. 

It should be recalled that on Tuesday, Akhtar and Niaz were embroiled in a spat during the PTV Sports show.

The two were discussing Pakistan’s victory over New Zealand when tensions between Niaz, the host of the show, and Shoaib Akhtar, one of the many decorated panellists on the show, escalated.

As Shoaib 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 Shoaib.

“You’re being a little rude and I don’t want to say this: but if you’re being over smart, you can go. I am 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 tensions rose, the show went off-air for a commercial break. After it resumed, the discussion revolved around cricket once again but Shoaib Akhtar was visibly disturbed.

A few moments later, he unclipped his mic and walked off the show, announcing his resignation during the live transmission.

“A lot of apologies guys, a lot of apologies. I am resigning from PTV. The way I have been treated on national TV, I don’t think I should be sitting here right now. So, I am resigning. Thank you very much,” he said, and left.  

Multiple clips are circulating on social media so I thought I shud clarify. pic.twitter.com/ob8cnbvf90

— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 26, 2021 “> 

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