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PTV serves Rs100m notice to Shoaib Akhtar for leaving show on-air

source: online

source: online

Former Pakistani Cricketer Shoaib Malik has been served with Rs100m notice for leaving the show on-air ahead of a heated spat with Dr. Nauman Niaz.

In the notice served by Pakistan Television Sports (PTV), Shoaib Akhtar had violated the clause by resigning on air from PTV Sports on October 26, which resulted in huge financial losses to the channel.

“As per clause 22, both sides shall have right to terminate his agreement by serving three months’ written notice or payment in lieu thereof. Whereas, Shoaib Akhtar resigned on air on October 26 which has resulted in huge financial losses to PTV,” it read.

Read also: Dr Nauman Niaz apologizes to Shoaib Akhtar after facing backlash

The notice further reads, “You [Akhtar] also left Dubai during T20 World Cup transmission without any prior information to PTVC management. Besides, appearance on an Indian TV show along with Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, also caused irreparable losses to PTV.”

Moreover, it was further mentioned in the notice that, Akhtar had also violated the agreement by making himself absent from the T20 World Cup transmission, whereas he was bound to appear on PTV Sports throughout the World Cup. “As a whole, you made only two appearances so far (out of thirty-six) during the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, again causing huge financial losses to the PTVC.”

Read also: ‘Is PTV brainwashed? Who are they to take me off air?’ Shoaib Akhtar ridicules state-owned channel’s decision

Although, adding to that PTV had accused Akhtar of embarrassing them by appearing on two shows of a private TV channel without informing them. To which PTV asked Shoaib Akhtar to pay an amount of Rs100 million as damages along with an amount of Rs3,333,000, equivalent to a three-month salary of his.

Meanwhile, Shoaib Akhtar after receiving the notice had shown his disappointment over it. Taking to his social media account Akhtar wrote, “Utterly Disappointed, After miserably failing to safeguard my respect & repute while i was working for PTV, they have now sent me a Recovery Notice. I am a fighter & will not give up & fight this legal battle.”

He further stated, “My lawyer SalmankNiazi will take this forward according to law.”

However, earlier, Shoaib Akhtar had resigned from PTV Sports show ‘ Game on Hai’, during the live transmissions, after Dr. Nauman humiliated him in front of everyone for praising ‘Lahore Qalandars’ particularly, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf for their best performances.

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