Pakistan Television (PTV) host Dr Nauman Niaz and former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar reconciled after a long dispute, which occurred during a live show in the T20 World Cup transmission.
As per the Pakistan Television Twitter page, Dr Nauman apologised to the former cricketer and Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry called them to his house and made peace among them.
Fawad Chaudhry shared a tweet with poetry on friendship on this occasion. “It was not so much a matter of discussion,” he said.
“Social media is so big now that even small things become big. Anyway, all is well that ends well,” the Federal Minister of Information added.
Senior analyst and journalist Saleem Safi was also present at the truce.
In a video, Nauman said: “Shoaibi (Shoaib Akhtar), I am extremely sorry for whatever happened on screen and it shouldn’t have happened and the reason behind it is that we have a friendship of 30 years and that shouldn’t go down.”
The camera then moved to Akhtar and he said: “Its okay! He should have said it long time ago.” While Nauman added: “It’s never too late.”
Taking to Twitter, Akhtar said that he is “accepting the apology” of Dr Nauman and wants to “move on from this”.
The two indulged in a heated exchange in PTV’s show. The host asked the veteran cricketer to leave the show, while Akhtar resigned on-air after that.
In an interview with Rauf Klasra, Nauman had already apologised to the former cricketer and in another show, Akhtar also said he had forgiven him.
It should be noted that the national television had sent a legal notice worth Rs100 million to ‘Rawalpindi Express’ after he stepped down during the live transmission of ‘Game On Hai’. In response, the cricketer turned analyst vowed to fight a legal battle after Pakistan Television (PTV) sent a legal notice to him.