I was neither asked to leave nor deported from India: Zainab Abbas
- Web Desk
- Oct 12, 2023
LAHORE: Pakistani sports presenter and star Zainab Abbas has broken her silence on her return to Pakistan from India just before the 2023 World Cup.
“I have always felt extremely fortunate and grateful for the opportunities to travel and present the sport I love – this one would have been extra special,” wrote Zainab on ‘X’ formerly known as Twitter.
“My daily interactions with everyone during my stay were kind, cheerful, and with a sense of familiarity – just as I had expected. I was neither asked to leave nor was I deported. However, I felt intimidated and scared by the reaction that was unfolding online. And even though there was no immediate threat to my safety, my family, and my friends from both sides of the border were concerned. I needed some space and time to reflect on what had transpired.” she added.
“I understand and deeply regret the hurt caused by the posts that were circulated. I wish to make clear that they do not represent my values or who I am as a person today. There is no excuse or space for such language, and I sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended.”
“Also, I am truly grateful to those who were concerned and reached out during this challenging time.”
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 12, 2023
The International Cricket Council (ICC), which appointed Zainab Abbas as the official presenter for the ICC Cricket World Cup, last week issued a statement saying the Pakistani presenter left India for personal reasons.