Zainab Abbas Leaves India Amidst Social Media Controversy

Zainab Abbas Leaves India Amidst Social Media Controversy (Photo | Zainab Abbas Twitter)
Zainab Abbas Leaves India Amidst Social Media Controversy (Photo | Zainab Abbas Twitter)
Zainab Abbas Leaves India Amidst Social Media Controversy (Photo | Zainab Abbas Twitter)
Zainab Abbas Leaves India Amidst Social Media Controversy (Photo | Zainab Abbas Twitter)

Zainab Abbas Leaves India Amidst Social Media Controversy

Zainab Abbas Leaves India Amidst Social Media Controversy

Zainab Abbas Leaves India Amidst Social Media Controversy

Pakistani presenter Zainab Abbas, a prominent member of the ICC digital team covering the ODI World Cup, made a hasty exit from India on Monday. Her departure was attributed to a wave of social media backlash related to her alleged anti-India posts in the past. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) clarified that her exit from the country was due to personal reasons rather than deportation.

Zainab’s World Cup Coverage Journey

Zainab’s assignment led her to Hyderabad, India, where she was tasked with covering Pakistan’s three crucial World Cup matches in the city. On October 6, the 35-year-old presenter was notably present at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad during Pakistan’s World Cup opener against the Netherlands.

Social Media Controversy and ICC’s Response

Before commencing her World Cup coverage, posts from Zainab’s unverified X account, previously on Twitter, had gained significant traction after her announcement of participation in the ICC mega event in India. The ensuing speculation and discussions on social media intensified as her abrupt departure from India occurred during the middle of the tournament. In response, the ICC refuted claims of her deportation, affirming that Zainab had voluntarily departed from the host country due to personal reasons.

Travel Plans and Commentary Panel

Zainab’s initial itinerary included travel to various cities in India, where Pakistan was scheduled to play their matches, including Bengaluru, Chennai, and Ahmedabad. Notably, former Pakistan cricketing legends, Rameez Raja and Waqar Younis, were also present in India as part of the commentary panel for the ODI World Cup. The tournament, which commenced on October 5, is set to culminate on November 19.

Warm Reception for Pakistan Team in India

It’s worth mentioning that the Pakistan cricket team received a warm and enthusiastic reception at the Hyderabad airport on September 27, marking their return to India after a seven-year hiatus. The players, including captain Babar Azam, expressed their gratitude for the overwhelming support they received from Indian fans since their arrival.

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