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Shoaib Akhtar resigns as cricket expert after being insulted on a show

By BetBarter Staff

October 27, 2021

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar was indulged in controversy after Pakistan’s win over New Zealand in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup. The 46-year-old walked out of the show after apparently being treated badly by PTV host Nauman Niaz. Akhtar didn't like the fact that he was insulted in front of national TV. The former Pakistan pacer was one of the cricket experts among a host of other notable personalities to review the game.

He was seen analyzing the match when Niaz interrupted and told him to leave. The 46-year-old initially walked away with his microphone but returned to once pacify the situation amicably, only to see Niaz's strong refusal over the matter. This left the 46-year-old fuming and he decided to leave the show mid-way, leaving the remaining panel experts and fans in total disbelief. Multiple reports circulated on social media about the unpleasant controversy, with Akhtar now clearing the matter on what went wrong.

Akhtar shared a post on Twitter explaining the ugly turn of events. "Multiple clips are circulating on social media so I thought I shud clarify. Dr Noman was obnoxious (sic) and rude when he asked me to leave the show," Akhtar tweeted.

"It was embarrassing especially when you 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. Nauman's leg with this mutual understanding that dr noman will also politely apologize and we will move on with the show, which he refused to do. Then I had no other choice."

Apart from Akhtar, the panel had other cricket experts like Sir Vivian Richards, David Gower, Rashid Latif, Umar Gul, Rashid Latif, Aaqib Javed, and Sana Mir.

Meanwhile, it's not clear what irked Niaz that he asked Akhtar to leave the show. "You have misbehaved with me and I am telling you you can leave the show now," the host said.

Akhtar was also ready to close the chapter but the host was not in the mood to take an apology and that’s when the former pacer decided to leave. "My apologies for this but I am resigning immediately from PTV sports as I have been insulted and treated badly on live television in front of the nation," he said.