Shoaib Akhtar Responds to PTV's Rs. 100 Million Notice

ByFaisal Chughtai | Published date:

Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistan fast bowler, has angrily objected to the Rs. 100 million Recovery Notice issued by the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTVC) on Sunday. The famous cricketer said that he would not back down and would fight PTV in court.

"Utterly disappointed. After miserably failing to safeguard my respect and repute while I was working for PTV, they have now sent me a Recovery Notice. I am a fighter and will not give up and fight this legal battle. My lawyer, Salman Khan Niazi, will take this forward according to law," Shoaib stated in a tweet.

On Sunday, the national broadcaster presented Shoaib with a Rs. 100 million warning for contract breaches that "generated substantial financial losses." The letter, which was published on Twitter by a journalist, said that the former cricketer's unexpected retirement constituted a breach of contract that resulted in significant financial losses for the channel.

Shoaib was under contract for exclusivity until PTV Sports presenter Dr. Nauman Niaz requested him to quit the program on camera, causing the former to resign during the live broadcast on October 26.

"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," continued the legal notification.

According to the letter, Shoaib also broke the contract by leaving for Dubai without alerting the channel management of his intention to attend an Indian TV station's broadcast with Harbhajan Singh.

"Besides, he also appeared on an Indian TV show along with the Indian cricketer, Harbhajan Singh, which also caused irreparable losses to PTV."

Shoaib Akhtar was ordered to pay Rs. 100 million in restitution for the losses, as well as Rs. 33,33,000, the equivalent of a three-month wage, or face legal action under the law.