Pakistan television (PTV) on Thursday withdrew a case against former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, in which it had asked him to pay Rs 100 million in damages and repay three months’ salary for breach of clauses in their contract.
A lawyer for PTV told a civilian court in Lahore that the two parties had reconciled their disagreements. He said PTV has not wished to pursue the matter further. The court subsequently dismissed the case.
Akhtar was sent a message of improvement of the television company on November 8, after he stopped and left a PTV Sport show after being “offended” in the air by the anchor Dr. Nauman Niaz – who leads PTVs sports department.
The two were part of a panel for PTV Sport program “Game On Hai” on October 25, along with guests such as West Indian batting legend Sir Vivian Richards, former English captain David Gower, former Pakistani women’s captain Sana Mir and former fast bowler Umar Gul. The panel discussed the Pakistan-New Zealand T20 World Cup match, which Pakistan won by five wickets.
During a discussion about the Pakistani team, Akhtar credited Pakistan Super League Lahore Qalandars franchise for discovering Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.
Niaz took issue with Akhtar’s comments, saying, “You’re a little rude, so I do not want to say this, but if you’re over-smart, then you can go. I’ll say it here in the air.”
When the show resumed after a break, Akhtar apologized to the guests in the panel and announced his departure from PTV, and said he could not continue the program because of “how I was treated on national television”.
That PTV also launched a study of saliva and took Dr. Niaz and Akhtar out of the air until the end of the probe.
Days later, the broadcaster sent a message to Akhtar stating that it had fulfilled its side of the commitments made in an agreement with the former cricketer in January 2019. Akhtar’s “behavior towards official claims under the binding clauses of the referred agreement are not only complied with as a coincidence, but a total breach of the agreement, “the statement said.
Referring to the former cricketer’s resignation after a spit in the air with Niaz, PTV said Akhtar had violated the terms of the agreement by not submitting a written notice three months before. The move had also caused “major financial losses PTV“, it added.
At the time, Akhtar had said he was “completely disappointed” with the announcement and had promised to continue the legal battle.
On November 5, Niaz made an “unconditional apology” for his behavior with Akhtar during an all-encompassing interview with journalist Rauf Klasra.
The couple were finally reconciled on November 13 after Information and Radio Minister Fawad Chaudhry mediated between them. The minister had invited Akhtar and Niaz to his residence and helped the couple resolve their disagreements.