World T20 2016 March 28, 2016

Akram interrupted on live TV show in Mumbai

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain, had a live shoot for an Indian news channel interrupted on Sunday night in Mumbai. The incident occurred when one man in the locality where the show was being filmed objected to it being shot there, an employee of the Hindi news channel, Aaj Tak, who was present at the scene, told ESPNcricinfo. Only that one man was involved in the incident, and there was no heckling of Akram, or any physical harm to him, the employee said.

The show, shot soon after the India v Australia game, featured Akram in an outdoor setting in a street in Lower Parel, a central Mumbai neighbourhood. Akram, a regular on Indian television both as commentator and cricket analyst, was speaking when the man entered the camera frame and appeared to grab the camera before the footage was switched away from the scene and back to the studio in Delhi. The programme's anchor, cricket reporter Vikrant Gupta, appeared to be taken by surprise by the incident and was unable at the time to explain what had happened. Later, he tweeted:

ESPNcricinfo was able to confirm that the same man similarly disrupted the shoot of another TV channel, ABP news, which was being carried out next to the Aaj Tak set-up. Former India spinner Murali Kartik was the cricket expert on that show.

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  • zaf on March 30, 2016, 12:12 GMT

    Now the time is HIRE and FIRE. PAK should HIRE young big hitter batsmen for T20, and promote them to ODI and then for TEST team. PCB should FIRE current T20 team, except SARJEEL, AAMIR, NAWAZ, PM should FIRE whole PCB board with chairman SHAHYAR and Najam Sethi.

  • Nish on March 29, 2016, 8:55 GMT

    @CALMNCOOL Recently saw Ajay Jadeja, our former cricketer on a Pakistani channel discussing cricket & the WC - so it works both ways! Just because there maybe a few 'hotheads' on both sides, why shouldn't we have legends like Wasim & Shoaib on our Indian T.V. channels as such exchanges in all areas of cricket - due to our common love of the sport - also helps to build bridges between our two countries. You will have much more complications & hostilities between us without such exchanges in not just cricket but in other areas too like culture & entertainment.

  • Manoj on March 29, 2016, 8:39 GMT

    Khan-N, do you mean intolerance toward cricketers??? Murali Karthik is also an ex-cricketer, whose shoot was ALSO interrupted!!!!

  • Naveed on March 29, 2016, 5:27 GMT

    Obama talked about Intolerance in India and here is another episode of Intolerance. This guy Akram has coached Indian fast bowlers, Aaaron and Shami have been coached by Wasim Akram.

  • Debra on March 29, 2016, 4:31 GMT

    espncricinfo, please get all your facts first THEN report. lack of facts lead to conspiracy theories. It is a sorry state of TRP chasing affairs at espncricinfo these days. the only reason to still visit this site is: a. plays of the day, and b. send comments here.

  •   Abid Hussain Shah on March 29, 2016, 3:31 GMT

    India and Pakistan are two solid realities now. We all should accept it now and live with peace and harmony, beside each other. Likewise Germany and France and all other European countries who fought between them for centuries.

  • ravi on March 28, 2016, 20:50 GMT

    why they are having open air discussion. make it inside studio to be on the safer side

  • Sammy K on March 28, 2016, 18:03 GMT

    If its the same guy interrupting the show then he may be craving for some publicity himself. But TV channels have to be extra careful. He could up the ante next time and try to harm the guests. There are enough crazies in the world who will do anything to attract attention. Better safe than sorry.

  •   Abhijeet Kushe on March 28, 2016, 14:10 GMT

    It was definitely disappointing to see that on live television.I hope his security is increased to ensure none of that happens ...even if it was a minor camera adjustment..they could have waited for the interview to end

  •   Masood Ahmad on March 28, 2016, 11:02 GMT

    It might have been an isolated incident, but people are looking at it in the context of what's been going on in India over the last 12 months or so.

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