In an unexpected turn of events, PTV has served a legal notice on Shoaib Akhtar, claiming Rs100 million in damages, just days after Dr. Noman Niaz apologized to him for his behavior on the TV show Game On Hai.
Following a spat with the show’s host, Dr. Noman Niaz, Akhtar resigned from the show.
According to the notice, Akhtar resigned from the channel on October 26, which was not only a breach of contract but also resulted in significant losses for the channel.
“According to clause 22, both parties have the right to terminate their agreement by providing three months’ written notice or payment in lieu thereof.”
“However, Shoaib Akhtar resigned on air on October 26th, resulting in massive financial losses for PTV,” the notice stated. It went on to say that Akhtar left for Dubai during the T20 World Cup broadcast without informing the PTV management.
“In addition, appearance on an Indian TV show with Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh caused irreparable losses to PTV,” it added.
PTV has demanded that the star pay Rs100 million in damages in addition to a three-month salary of Rs333,300. The channel also stated that if Akhtar fails to submit the aforementioned amount, it reserves the right to file legal action against him.
“They have now sent me a recovery notice after miserably failing to safeguard my respect and repute while I was working for PTV,” he said.
He went on to say that he was a fighter who would not give up and that he would fight the legal battle.
He also stated that his lawyer, Salman Khan Niazi, will handle the situation in accordance with the law.
An on-air spat between Akhtar and Niaz
Shoaib Akhtar and Dr. Noman Niaz were removed from the show until the situation was resolved.
The feud between Akhtar and Niaz began when the panelists were discussing Pakistan’s performance in their 2021 World Cup match against New Zealand, which they won by five wickets after a hard-fought contest.
Because of a misunderstanding between Akhar and Niaz about which bowler Akhtar was referring to, the host reacted by saying, “You are being a little rude, so I don’t want to say this, but if you’re being over-smart, you can go.” “I’m saying it on the air.”Later, Akhtar and Niaz declared the situation to be a staged stunt. However, the fastest bowler had requested that the host apologize to him, which the host refused, and eventually, Akhtar resigned from the channel in front of cricket legends such as Sir Vivan Richards and David Gower.