Shoaib Akhtar Received Rs100 Million Defamation Notice After Pakistani TV Controversy
The 46-year-old also posted a tweet in which he expressed his disappointment and agony over the entire fiasco.
The Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) on Sunday (November 7th) served former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar with a libel notice of Rs 100 million after his argument with presenter Dr Nauman Niaz on a television broadcast. On Tuesday October 26, the presenter asked Akhtar, 46, to leave the show, ‘Game on Hai‘after which the latter resigned from the channel.
Akhtar was one of the show’s panelists along with Viv Richards of the West Indies and England David gower. In the notice, the show mentioned that Akhtar’s resignation was a violation of the clause and resulted in massive financial losses for PTV Sports.
“Pursuant to clause 22, both parties have the right to terminate its agreement by serving three months written notice or payment in lieu thereof. Whereas Shoaib Akhtar resigned from the air on October 26, which resulted in huge financial losses for PTV, ”the notice said, the Express Tribune reported.
Shoaib Akhtar in trouble
In the notice, Akhtar was also accused of appearing on a program organized by an Indian channel without having respected the required notice period. The show also featured a veteran off spinner Harbhajan Singh.
“You [Akhtar] also left Dubai during the transmission of the T20 World Cup without any prior notification to the management of PTVC. In addition, the appearance on an Indian TV show with Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh also caused irreparable losses to PTV, ”he said.
According to the notice, Akhtar was also absent from the ‘Game on Hai‘which debuted on October 17, 2021 “as you were to appear on PTV Sports throughout the World Cup”.
Akhtar has now been asked to pay a considerable amount of Rs 100 million in damages amounting to “Rs 3,333,000, the equivalent of three months’ salary”.
Amid the controversy, Akhtar posted a tweet in which he expressed his disappointment and agony over the entire fiasco. The retired ringleader also said “I am a fighter” and pledged to fight the legal battle with the help of his lawyer, Abuzar Salman Khan Niazi.
He took to Twitter and wrote: “Very disappointed. After miserably failing to protect my respect and reputation while working for PTV, they have now sent me a recovery notice.
Completely disappointed. After miserably failing to protect my respect and reputation while working for PTV, they have now sent me a recovery notice. I am a fighter and will not give up and fight this legal battle. My lawyer @ SalmanKNiazi1 will advance this according to the law.
– Shoaib Akhtar (@ shoaib100mph) November 7, 2021