“I sign his salary”: Pakistani TV presenter apologizes to Shoaib Akhtar for on-air dispute
Pakistani TV Host Dr Nauman Niaz Apologizes to Shoaib Akhtar | Courtesy-IANS / Twitter
- Pakistani TV presenter Dr Nauman Niaz apologizes to Shoaib Akhtar for their on-air argument
- Niaz first spoke publicly about the incident which had gone viral on social media
- Akhtar had left the TV show after a heated conversation with the presenter
Pakistani TV presenter Dr Nauman Niaz issued a public apology to Shoaib Akhtar for an on-air argument on a TV show following the T20 World Cup clash between Pakistan and New Zealand . The clip of the former Pakistani coach leaving the TV show after a heated interaction with Niaz had gone viral on social media.
Akhtar was a guest on a TV show as part of the channel’s coverage of the ongoing T20 World Cup. Niaz hosted the show which had high profile guests like Sir Vivian Richards and David Gower.
Speaking on journalist Rauf Klarsa’s Youtube channel, Niaz said: “The repercussions of my on-air explosion are absolutely right. To err is human, it should not have happened and for that I can apologize not just once but a million times. I know I have hurt the feelings of a lot of people and that includes Shoaib Akhtar, who has been an exuberant star… regardless of whether it was his mistake or not.”
However, the presenter revealed that salary negotiations between the channel and Akhtar were a factor behind his explosion.
“Shoaib was contracted with us on an exclusive basis. People think I’m just the host; they forget that I also sign his salary because I am the boss of the chain. The problem I was facing is that you give it a down payment throughout the year and these big tournaments are cash cows in terms of ROI, ”said Niaz.
In the aftermath of the incident, PTV Sport decided to suspend Niaz and Akhtar from the show. Akhtar expressed his anger at the channel for his behavior towards him.
Pakistan had a very successful T20 World Cup campaign. They have won each of their four games so far in the tournament and were the first team to officially qualify for the semi-final.
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