Pakistan Television (PTV) Sports anchor Nauman Niaz took a bitter stance with the former national team fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar during the live show and asked him to leave the show after which he left the show.

During the Pakistan-New Zealand match in the T20 World Cup last night, Shoaib Akhtar participated in the PTV Sports program ‘Game on Hai’. The expert panel included Shoaib Akhtar, Vivian Richards, David Gower, Aqib Javed, Rashid Latif, Umar Gul, Sana Mir and Azhar Muhammad were also present.

Shoaib Akhtar insulted in live show
Anchor Noman Niaz is facing severe criticism over the incident. Photo: PTV Sports Twitter

The host of the show, Dr. Nauman Niaz, asked a question to Shoaib Akhtar. However, during his analysis, the anchor adopted a bitter attitude and asked him to leave the show, on which the anchor is facing severe criticism on social media.

It so happened that Shoaib Akhtar, while giving his analysis on the match between Pakistan and New Zealand, said that Hassan Ali should not have bowled in the beginning as the ball was being reversed later.

The former cricketer asked Noman Niaz, “Shaheen Shah Afridi’s ball was reversing. Did you watch the game?” To which Nauman Niaz replied, “Yes, I saw the match, I wanted to know from you, many People are sitting here.”

In response to Noman Niaz’s words, Shoaib Akhtar said again, “You were lost.”

Then Shoaib Akhtar praised the national cricket team player Haris Rauf and talked about giving credit to Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Lahore Qalandars but he later mistakenly mentioned Shaheen Shah Afridi.

He had said that “Aqib Javed brought Shaheen Afridi and made him a part of the player development program” on which Nauman Niaz interrupted Shoaib Akhtar and said that “Shaheen Afridi had played under-19 for Pakistan.”

On this, Shoaib Akhtar said, “I am talking about Haris Rauf,” to which Noman Niaz reiterated that “Shaheen Shah Afridi had played for Pakistan before.”

In response to the anchor’s remarks, Shoaib Akhtar said, “Sir, please!” Somebody came to work.”

However, the anchor of the show, Dr. Nauman Niaz, suddenly adopted a bitter attitude and said, “You are being rude. I did not want to say this, but if you are getting over-smart, then go. I am saying this on air.”

As soon as he said this, he started talking to Sana Mir who was present in the panel, and took a break when addressed by Shoaib Akhtar.

However, after returning from the break, anchor Nauman Niaz changed the question but Shoaib Akhtar stopped him and said, “I was not making a case against you but I was talking about Haris Rauf who was discovered by Lahore Qalandars, and he didn’t come from the under-19s”.

To which Nauman Niaz said that ‘Shaheen Shah Afridi came from U-19’, to which Shoaib Akhtar said that now it has become clear? To which the anchor replied in the affirmative.

Then Shoaib Akhtar told him to smile and apologize for whatever happened, to which Nauman Niaz replied that it was okay for you to continue.

Shoaib Akhtar tried to keep talking but he took a deep breath and said, “Leave and move on, I don’t think I should sit here at this point”.

In the PTV Sports program, the video of Noman Niaz asking Shoaib Akhtar to leave the show and later the former cricketer leaving the show is going viral on social media. Anchor is facing severe criticism.

The hashtag $NaumanNiaz, named after anchor Nauman Niaz, is also trending on Twitter.

What happened should not have happened, Shoaib Akhtar

On the other hand, after the videos of the incident during the show that went viral on social media, Shoaib Akhtar also gave his reaction in the form of video statements and tweets.

Shoaib Akhtar said in a video statement released on Twitter that Dr. Nauman Niaz’s attitude was unbearable, I was asked to go to the live show.

“I don’t understand why Dr. Nauman said that. Such an insult to a star on national TV is not appropriate,” he said.

In the video, he said that during the break, I realized what the image would be in front of the foreigners, so I asked Dr. Nauman to end the matter somehow.

Shoaib Akhtar said that to end the matter, I said that we were joking, I told Dr. Noman to apologize, but when he did not apologize, I left the show.

He further said that I tried to speak in the program but Dr. Noman insulted me. What will the foreign stars and national stars think about what is happening to the national star on national TV?

Shoaib Akhtar said, “Dr. Noman did not apologize so I announced my resignation from the program. It was a very sad incident. What happened should not have happened.”

Criticism on social media

Anchorperson Dr. Shahid Masood said that besides being the national hero of Pakistan Shoaib Akhtar Sahib is a very sophisticated person in his personal life. Sad to learn the insulting behavior with him but not surprised, Maybe all this with our heroes has become a new national attitude.

Wasim Abbasi said that Shoaib Akhtar resigned from a live show on PTV after being insulted by Dr. Nauman Niaz. Such insults of a cricket legend are not acceptable in front of guests.

Ajmal Jami said, “Do we have such an attitude towards our heroes?”

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Faisal Javed responded by saying, “It’s not just about our heroes, it’s also about our dignity. It’s also about our state broadcaster, the issue has been handled very unprofessionally. ”

Faisal Javed said that when everyone is praising Pakistan and acknowledging its excellent performance in the World Cup, why are you doing this?

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