Zainab Abbas, a Pakistani sports presenter, graces the cover of the famous Khaleej Times’ weekend magazine.
The magazine featured her as the most recognized female sports presenter of Pakistan on its Instagram page. The magazine has interviewed the 33-year-old sports presenter of Pakistan in which she has discussed different aspects of her life and her ‘inspiring journey’.
The Khaleej Times captioned the post: “We speak to Pakistan’s most recognized female sports presenter, Zainab Abbas (@zabbasofficial), who is in the UAE for the ongoing Pakistan Super League.”
Zainab Abbas also shared the cover of the weekend magazine on her Instagram account as well.
She discussed how she made her way through the male-dominated field of sports. The newspaper outlined her early life and her difficult journey in this field. “When I started, I got a culture shock because sports presenting was very much male-dominated,” she said.
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“I now feel times have changed for the better. But when I started, I didn’t know anybody around who I could take help from. There was no female idol that I could look up to because, at that time, there was nobody. So I was kind of thrown in at the deep end, and trying to find my path. I feel, at that time, you are always challenging perceptions of our society. There are lots of prejudices, there are lots of preconceived notions about women talking about sports because there’s always that mentality that ‘how can a woman be talking about sports?’.”
The sports presenter is currently in Abu Dhabi for Pakistan Super League matches.
Zainab Abbas is set to make her debut with reputed Sky Sports. She is the first female Pakistani commentator to achieve a remarkable feat. Her stint with the British sports channel will begin in Summer. In her interview, she said that Sky Sports approached her for one of their leagues called ‘The Hundred’ in which they wanted to feature global faces.
In 2019, she also became Pakistan’s first female presenter who became a part of the 2019 ICC World Cup.