Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar was left in a bit ‘embarrassment when he indulged in controversy during a recent media interaction. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ was asked to walk out of the show after an argument with the host, Notably, he has resigned from his job as a cricket analyst after being told to leave the set by the host of the show at state-owned PTV.
The incident took place after the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and New Zealand on Tuesday. Akhtar, who has featured in 46 Tests and 163 ODIs, got up, took off his microphone and left. However, host Nauman Niaz didn’t even bother and did not attempt to call him back as the show carried on as normal.
Meanwhile, other guests on the show including the likes of legendary Sir Vivian Richards, David Gower, Rashid Latif, Umar Gul, Rashid Latif, Aaqib Javed and Pakistan women’s team skipper Sana Mir were left shaken by the weird incident.
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Shoaib Akhtar breaks silence on this issue
The clipping of this disagreement between Akhtar and Niaz went viral on social media like wildfire. Reacting to this, the 46-year-old uploaded a video on his Twitter handle to clarify his position. He wrote
“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.”
“And seniors and millions watching. I tried to save everyone from embarrassment by saying I was pulling dr nomans 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,” he added.