Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has received a notice from PTV Sports, demanding him to pay amount equivalent to INR 100 million for not serving the notice period for the channel. The channel stated that Akhtar had resigned on air from PTV sports last month, which is not only a violation of the clause but has also resulted in huge financial losses for the organization.
During Pakistan’s match with New Zealand in the ongoing T20 World Cup on October 26, Akhtar was asked to leave the show by the TV anchor for his alleged rude behaviour.
“You’re being a little rude and I don’t want to say this: but if you’re being over smart, you can go. I am saying this on air,” Dr Nauman Niaz had said to Akhtar before switching to a commercial break. The show also included cricket greats like Sir Vivian Richards and David Gower.
After which, Rawalpindi Express had resigned from the channel. The state broadcaster later formed a committee to look into the incident.
The PTV has now asked Akhtar to pay an amount of INR 100 million as damages along with an amount of “Rs 3,333,000, equivalent to a three-month salary”. Otherwise, it "reserves its rights to initiate legal proceedings" against Akhtar before the court of competent jurisdiction.
Utterly disappointed: Shoaib Akhtar
After the notice was issued, Akhtar tweeted, “Utterly Disappointed … I am a fighter & will not give up & fight this legal battle,” he wrote. He added that his lawyer, Salman Khan Niazi, would take the matter forward according to law.