ICC World Cup 2023: Zainab Abbas deported from India over anti-Hindu tweets, Pak media claims

| Updated: 09 October, 2023 4:13 pm IST
Zainab Abbas' India exit during ICC World Cup 2023 stirs controversy. (Image credit: zabbasofficial /Instagram)

NEW DELHI: Pakistani sports presenter Zainab Abbas has allegedly been expelled from India due to a contentious matter. She has been instructed to depart the country as her old tweets, in which she had criticised India and the Hindu religion, surfaced online. Zainab Abbas is now reportedly in Dubai. Pakistan’s Samaa TV initially posted about Zainab’s purported deportation on X but has since removed the tweet.

An Indian attorney by the name of Vineet Jindal submitted a formal complaint to the BCCI regarding the 35-year-old news anchor after certain tweets critical of Hinduism, which she had posted a few years ago, came to light.

Taking to the microblogging site, X, Jindal wrote, “Complaint letter sent by @vineetJindal19 to @BCCI and @HMOIndia seeking removal of Zainab Abbas @ZAbbasOfficial as the presenter at the ICC World Cup 2023 for her derogatory and provocative posts against Bharat and Hindu Dharma. “Athiti devo bhava” is only for those who respect our country & Hindu Dharma but Anti Bharatiya are not welcome on Our Land.”

View The Tweet Here:

Pakistani sports anchor Zainab Abbas has reportedly been deported from India.

Prior to her departure from India, Zainab had expressed her enthusiasm for experiencing Indian culture, even though both nations hold differing beliefs, and she eagerly anticipated the upcoming six weeks.

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Taking to X, she wrote, “There was always intrigue on what lies on the other side, more cultural similarities than differences, rivals on the field but camaraderie off the field, the same language & love for art & a country with a billion people, here to represent, to create content & bring in expertise from the best in the business. Humbled to be presenting in India at the Cricket WC2023 for the @ICC again, a journey away from home of 6 weeks starts now.”

Here’s Her Tweet:

The tournament, featuring 10 teams, commenced on October 5 and has seen some thrilling matches up to this point.

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