Following Pakistan’s win over New Zealand on late Tuesday night, a post-match analysis was being aired on the show “Game on Hai” on PTV Sports, when the spat between Shoaib Akhtar and anchor Dr Nauman Niaz took place. The discussion panel included guests such as West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards, former England captain David Gower, former Pakistan women’s captain Sana Mir and former fast bowler Umar Gul.
During the show, Dr Nauman Niaz and speed-bowler Shoaib Akhtar engaged in an argument involving Pakistani cricketer Haris Rauf. Akhtar. Leading from this, anchor Niaz referred to Akhtar as being ‘oversmart’, asking him to leave the show. What followed was Akhtar quitting and walking off the Pakistan Television (PTV) show.
— Binod (@rana_haris_1993) October 27, 2021
The brawl resulted in a social media storm as fans of Shoaib Akhtar expressed their support for the cricketing legend, with the #ShaoibAkhtar currently trending on Twitter.
Its very shameful that how Nauman Niaz insulted the legendary Shoaib Akhtar and said him to leave the show on air. Shame on you Nauman Niaz!
— Huzaifa Rana (@Huzaifa_Rana3) October 27, 2021
Twitterati also criticized anchor Nauman Niaz for his abrasive demeanor.
The fact that this embarrassment is happening on money from electricity bill of each and every Pakistani is even more infuriating. Is our money so cheap to be wasted on charlatans like Nauman Niaz? https://t.co/qAMfywqjV1
— Rizwan (@Rizwow) October 26, 2021
Many celebrities also reacted to what had happened, expressing their concern over the entire episode and the way Shoaib had been treated.
Ali Zafar wrote: “We must learn to respect our national heroes & each other generally.”
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
Waqar Zaka also took to Twitter to express his sentiments.
What the hell Nauman did , not only we should unfollow him also lets ask @fawadchaudhry to take Nauman’s resignation @DrNaumanNiaz izzat k sath resign kardou and leave PTV sports , we will not allow anyone to disrespect our National heroes @shoaib100mph #ShoaibAkhtar pic.twitter.com/fGu495aj8D
— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) October 27, 2021
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“I wonder why one has to be reminded @shoaib100mph is a star,” Niaz wrote on Twitter following a backlash on social media.
Shoaib Akhtar trends on Twitter after walks out of show after being insulted by PTV anchor