Demands removal of Dr Nauman from the show
Former Pakistan cricket team fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has refused to appear before the inquiry committee formed by Pakistan Television to investigate his argument on a live TV show with host Dr Nauman Niaz.
“The whole world saw the condescending behavior of Dr Nauman, and I won’t appear before the committee unless he is removed as the show host,” said Akhtar.
On October 28, PTV administration formed a committee to investigate the argument between Dr Nauman Niaz and Shoaib Akhtar which happened during the TV show Game On Hai, after the match between Pakistan and New Zealand in the ICC T20 World Cup concluded October 26.
PTV Managing Director Aamer Manzoor met Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry and presented him the initial finding of the inquiry committee.
Chaudhry also met with former West Indies batsman Vivian Richards and former English batsman David Gower.
Richards and Gower were co panelists in the show where the argument between Dr Nauman and Akhtar took place.
Both Gower and Richards regretted the incident saying that transmission was being conducted in a friendly manner and the incident shouldn’t have happened.
In a separate development, Gower and Richards also met Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Earlier, PTV decided to keep Dr Nauman Niaz and Shoaib Akhtar off-air until the inquiry into their argument on a live TV show is concluded.
ڈاکٹر نعمان نیاز اور شعیب اختر معاملہ۔ pic.twitter.com/slPvxMIKOE
— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) October 28, 2021
Both of them won’t be a part of any show on PTV until the inquiry is completed and the facts are ascertained, said the national television.
Shoaib and other experts, including Sir Vivian Richards and David Gower, got together on Tuesday to talk about Pakistan team’s performance against New Zealand in their highly anticipated face-off in the 2021 World Cup.
پی ٹی وی انتظامیہ کا پی ٹی وی سپورٹس پر شعیب اختر کےساتھ پروگرام میں پیش آنے والے واقعہ کا نوٹس pic.twitter.com/Q9pwvLD08V
— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) October 27, 2021
Several clips from the segment have been doing the rounds on social media, with a number of Shoaib’s supporters expressing disappointment and anger towards Nauman Niaz for “demeaning a legendary cricketer” on live television.
In one of the videos, Shoaib is crediting Harris Rauf’s discovery to the Pakistan Super League franchise Lahore Qalandars.
Confusion starts he when goes on to talk about Harris Rauf.
“We must give credit to Lahore Qalandars,” said Shoaib. Noman Niaz interjects asking if he was talking about Harris Rauf, Shoaib replies “No, Shaheen Shah Afridi…. This was the guy who was brought by Aaqib Javed, and Lahore Qalandars and PDD, Players Development Programme,” said Shoaib.
As he went on to talk about Haris Rauf, a visibly offended Nauman Niaz cut in by arguing that Shaheen had played U19 cricket.
“I am talking about Harris Rauf,” Shoaib clarifies.
Dr Nauman Niaz and Shoaib Akhtar had a harsh exchange of words during live PTV transmission. pic.twitter.com/nE0OhhtjIm
— Kamran Malik (@Kamran_KIMS) October 26, 2021
“You are being a little rude and I don’t want to say this,” Nauman said, “but if you’re being oversmart, then you can go.”
Shoaib, who had been smiling all the while, was taken aback by Nauman’s rude tone. If that wasn’t enough, Nauman repeated that he was saying it on-air that Shoaib could leave the show. He then ignored Shoaib and abruptly moved over to the next guest. And before Shoaib could address Nauman’s behaviour, he cut the show to a break.
“Lots of apologies, guys, lots of apologies,” Shoaib says in another clip apparently from when the show returned. “I am resigning from PTV, and the way I was behaved with on national television I don’t think I should be sitting here right now. Thank you very much.”
— Faakhir Rizvi (@FaakhirRizvi) October 26, 2021
They made up with each other after the break.. Or did they? pic.twitter.com/EjSP5E2gfh
— Hassan (@iamhassan9) October 26, 2021
Shoaib detaches the mic from his jacket and gets up. Nauman continues the show as if nothing happens while Shoaib walks out.
Shoaib Akhtar released a statement on Twitter afterwards, saying that because several videos were circulating on social media, he thought he should clarify the controversy.
“Nauman Niaz was being obnoxious and he asked me to leave for no rhyme or reason and I don’t know why he said it. Then they went on a break.”
Shoaib referred to himself as a “national star” who was abruptly insulted and brushed aside on national television.
Multiple clips are circulating on social media so I thought I shud clarify. pic.twitter.com/ob8cnbvf90
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 26, 2021
According to Shoaib, he tried to sort it out with Nauman as he was concerned about the clip going viral.
“I told him to say sorry to me on TV,” Shoaib said. “When he didn’t apologise I thought I had had enough and that I should leave. I tried my best to repair the damage during the show.”
Shoaib added that he tried to save everyone from embarrassment.
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 .
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 26, 2021
Nauman Niaz’s tweet, however, suggests that the videos circulating on social media show only “one side of the story”.
“I wonder why one has to be reminded Shoaib Akhtar is a star. He has been the best of the best, he shall always be. He has brought laurels to the country is undeniable. One side of the story always attracts nonetheless having been friends for ages I’ll always wish him the best.”
I wonder why one has to be reminded @shoaib100mph is a star. He has been the best of the best, he shall always be. He has brought laurels to the country is undeniable. One side of the story always attracts nonetheless having been friends for ages I’ll always wish him the best.
— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) October 26, 2021
Shoaib Akhtar’s followers are vehemently expressing solidarity with him on social media. They are praising him for his decent and responsible demeanour throughout the controversy as well.