Pakistan’s TV channel, PTV, has sent a Rs 100 million defamation notice to ex-Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar after his on-air spat with anchor Dr. Nauman Niaz during a live show.
The controversy started after Niaz told Akhtar to leave the show over a disagreement in a discussion. Akhtar had resigned from his job as a cricket analyst on PTV.
As per reports of ARY News, PTV said that Akhtar had resigned on air which is not only a violation of the clause but has also resulted in huge financial losses for them.
“As per clause 22, both sides shall have right to terminate his agreement by serving three months’ written notice or payment in lieu thereof. Whereas, Shoaib Akhtar resigned on air on October 26 which has resulted in huge financial losses to PTV,” read the legal notice.
It further adds, “Shoaib Akhtar also left Dubai during T20 World Cup transmission without any prior information to PTVC management. Besides, appearance on an Indian TV show along with Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, which also caused irreparable losses to PTV.”
Apart from Rs 100 million as damages, PTV wants Akhtar to pay an amount of Rs 33,33,000, equivalent to a three-month salary, or else they will initiate legal proceedings against Akhtar before the court of competent jurisdiction.
Akhtar dropped a tweet after the legal notice and wrote that he will not give up and fight this legal battle.
Utterly Disappointed. After miserably failing to safeguard my respect & repute while i was working for PTV, they have now sent me a Recovery Notice. I am a fighter & will not give up & fight this legal battle. My lawyer @SalmanKNiazi1 will take this forward according to law.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 7, 2021
Recently, TV anchor Niaz had apologized to Akhtar for the on-air spat and said, “I apologize and I will apologize a million times for my behavior which should not have happened because Shoaib Akhtar is a star.
“I had no right. To err is human and for that, I apologize. Not only once, but a million times. Shoaib has been a rock star. Whatever happened on camera was unbecoming,” he further said.