Renowned Pakistani sports presenter Zainab Abbas shared her overwhelming sense of humility upon receiving the news that she would be part of the illustrious presenter lineup for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, scheduled to kick off in India in just a few days. Zainab took to her social media platform, X (formerly Twitter), to announce her participation as a presenter at this prestigious event.
The presenter expressed her curiosity about exploring the depths of India, despite the fact that India and Pakistan, being neighbors, have limited cultural exchanges due to strained diplomatic relations.
"There has always been a sense of intrigue about discovering what lies on the other side. We share more cultural similarities than differences, and while we may be rivals on the field, there's a sense of camaraderie off the field. We speak the same language and share a love for art. Representing a country with over a billion people, I'm here to create content and bring expertise from the best in the business," Zainab stated.
She further conveyed her deep humility at the opportunity to present in India during the ICC World Cup once again, embarking on a six-week journey away from home.
In a recent announcement, the International Cricket Council (ICC) unveiled the commentary panel for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023 in India, which commences next month. Notably, Pakistan's Ramiz Raja and Waqar Younis are also part of this panel.
The ICC's coverage of the event will encompass a pre-match show, an innings interval program, and a post-match wrap-up. The lineup features cricket legends such as Ricky Ponting, Eoin Morgan, Shane Watson, Lisa Sthalekar, Ravi Shastri, Aaron Finch, Sunil Gavaskar, and Matthew Hayden, among others. Returning to the commentary box are Nasser Hussain, Ian Smith, and Ian Bishop, who famously called the 2019 World Cup final between England and New Zealand.
The panel also boasts former international stars, including Shaun Pollock, Anjum Chopra, and Michael Atherton. They will be joined by broadcasters like Harsha Bhogle, Kass Naidoo, Mark Nicholas, Natalie Germanos, Mark Howard, and Ian Ward.
The ICC World Cup 2023 is set to take place in India, with ten teams vying for the coveted title across ten venues from October 5 to November 19. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host both the tournament opener and the final. The tournament will follow a round-robin format, with all teams playing against each other in 45 league matches. The top four teams will qualify for the semifinals, which are scheduled for November 15 in Mumbai and November 16 in Kolkata, with reserve days for the semi-finals and final.
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