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Shoaib Akhtar got tangled in a controversy during the T20 World Cup 2021 edition’s face-off between Pakistan and New Zealand, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on Tuesday evening (October 26). Being a part of a board discussion on PTV News, hosted by Nauman Niaz, the Rawalpindi Express was asked to leave by the popular Pakistani journalist; leaving the other panelists — such as Vivian Richards, Sana Mir, etc. — in a state of shock.

Akhtar was speaking about the intense clash, where Kiwis struggled and were restricted to 134-8 to lose the contest by 5 wickets to Babar Azam-led Men in Green. The former cricketer’s way of tapping forward his views were considered as ‘rude’ by Niaz, who asked him to leave and ‘feel free to go’ if he wants to. The video of the discussion has gone viral in no time on social media platforms.

Akhtar, as a result, has snapped to the claims and shared his side of the story. In a video shared by the former speedster on his official Twitter handle, the ex-pacer tweeted, “Multiple clips are circulating on social media so I thought I should clarify. dr noman was obnoxious and rude when he asked me to leave the show.”

“It was embarrassing specially wen u have legends like sir Vivian Richards and David gower sitting on the set with some of my contemporaries 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,” he added further.

The matter escalated when the host asked him to comment on Pakistan’s run-chase versus the Black Caps. Well, this kind of clash has never happened before with a cricketer.


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Joydev Mishra

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