Shoaib Akhtar slapped with Rs 100 million defamation notice after Pakistan Television controversy

After a fight with anchor Dr. Nauman Niaz during a TV broadcast, Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) slapped former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar with a defamation notice for Rs 100 million on Sunday, November 7. The anchor had requested the 46-year-old Akhtar to leave the show, ‘Game On Hai,’ on Tuesday, October 26, and the latter had resigned from the channel. Along with West Indies’ Viv Richards and England’s David Gower, Akhtar was a panellist on the show. The broadcaster stated in the notification that Akhtar’s resignation constituted a violation of the provision and caused PTV Sports to suffer huge financial damages.

“Both parties have the right to terminate the agreement under clause 22 by serving three months’ written notice or making a payment in lieu of notice,” the notification reads, “Whereas, Shoaib Akhtar resigned on broadcast on October 26th, resulting in substantial financial losses to PTV,” according to The Express Tribune. Akhtar was also accused of appearing on an Indian channel’s show without serving the mandatory notice period, according to the notice. Harbhajan Singh, a seasoned off-spinner, also appeared on the show.

“You [Akhtar] also departed Dubai while the T20 World Cup was being broadcast without informing PTV management. PTV also suffered irreparable damages as a result of its appearance on an Indian TV show featuring Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh,” it added.

According to the warning, Akhtar also skipped the “Game On Hai” show, which premiered on October 17, 2021, “whereas you were obligated to present on PTV Sports throughout the World Cup.” In addition to a sum of Rs3,333,000, equivalent to a three-month wage, Akhtar has been ordered to pay a substantial sum of Rs 100 million in damages.

During the uproar, Akhtar sent out a tweet expressing his regret and anguish about the situation. “I am a fighter,” the retiring pacer added, vowing to pursue the legal battle with the help of his lawyer, Abuzar Salman Khan Niazi. He expressed his disappointment on Twitter, writing, “Utterly Disappointed. PTV has now served me a Recovery Notice after severely failing to protect my respect and reputation when I was working for them.”