PTV takes notice of Shoaib Akhtar’s treatment on live show

The Nation  |  Oct 27, 2021

The Pakistan State Television (PTV) officials have on Wednesday taken cognizance of how the show anchor lashed out at national hero and cricketing legend Shoaib Akhtar and asked him to leave the panel.

The national television administration has ordered an inquiry into the matter where Shoaib Akhtar was apparently disparaged in the live transmission following which the veteran cricketer announced he was quitting the job there and left midway.

Multiple clips are circulating on social media so I thought I shud clarify.dr noman was abnoxious 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

— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 26, 2021

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In his statement post-fiasco on Twitter, Shoaib Akhtar said he was utterly embarrassed at the Game On Hai show for how rudely its host Dr Nauman Niaz behaved over banter and asked Shoaib Akhtar to leave the show.

The star donning the Rawalpindi Express title said he tried to still calm the temperature by staying on the panel despite the commercial break but the host, Dr Nauman Niaz, didn’t relent even then which entailed his abrupt departure from the show.

Later on, Dr Niaz also tweeted and indicated there was a second side of the story as well. “One side of the story always attracts,” he said and wished the star and his “friends for ages” all the best.

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