Pakistan’s legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar resigned from Pakistan Television (PTV) on air after senior sports host Dr. Nauman Niaz misbehaved with him during their show ‘Game On Hai’.
A video went viral from PTV Sports’ show in which Nauman disagreed with Akhtar’s point of view and asked him to leave the show. The clip made rounds on social media with cricket fans and journalists criticizing the host for misbehaving with the national hero.
Later on, another video went viral from the show in which Akhtar resigned from PTV on air.
Following the hype on internet, Akhtar released a video on his Youtube explaining the whole incident.
Multiple clips are circulating on social media so I thought I shud clarify. pic.twitter.com/ob8cnbvf90
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 26, 2021
Now, people across Pakistan including the celebrities are lending support to the former fast bowler and asking for a public apology from the anchor. Humayun Saeed, Adnan Siddiqui, and Ali Zafar also voiced against the host.
Really applaud the grace shown by @shoaib100mph. He handled the insult heaped on him with so much maturity and patience. Anyone else would have probably lost his cool on air but this guy maintained his dignity. Signs of a good upbringing #sheerclass pic.twitter.com/BHQVO7boZW
— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) October 27, 2021
We must learn to respect our national heroes & each other generally. We are entitled to our opinions but the same can be expressed politely in a more cultured fashion with the right choice of words to avoid hurting others’ feelings. @shoaib100mph you’re a legend. #shoaibakhter pic.twitter.com/M4oZBXPfC6
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) October 27, 2021
Arguments happen during TV shows but no host tells their guest to leave. That was no way to address any guest, let alone one of the biggest international stars Pakistan has ever produced. What happened, happened; Dr Noman should have at the very least apologised to @shoaib100mph
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) October 27, 2021