In Pakistan, where people are judged on the basis of their respective genders and males are prioritized when it comes to being well-educated, well-developed, stepping into professionalism, raising voice for their rights, living with their own will. Females are often suppressed and the dreams get buried with them. Being female, it is considered as their utmost duty to stay bound to home and family and due to the reason, they remain behind in Pakistan in every field.
Sports is one of the major fields in Pakistan that has got more number of males than females. Especially, when it comes to cricket, people are freakingly crazy over men’s cricket and females have not got that promotion they deserve.
There are several notable names such as Sana Mir, Bismah Maroof, Kainat Imtiaz, Sawera Pasha, and Zainab Abbas who have featured themselves in cricket.
Zainab Abbas, the well-known Pakistani sports journalist, when stepped in the field of cricket, faced hardships as in Pakistan, females are far away as compared to the level of men. She was the only one or one of the very few journalists in Pakistan. Cricketers, at first, did not feel comfortable with her during interviews and on live screening due to some religious aspects and other issues.
Zainab Abbas shares the initial challenges she faced being a female journalist
However, according to her, as she has worked for so long in the field, they have got comfortable sharing space with her.
“In Pakistan, being a woman in sports is a challenge. There were certain cricketers who were not comfortable working with me because I am a woman. Some of the more religious were not comfortable sharing the screen space with me initially,” Zainab was quoted as saying on ‘Clean Bowled’ Podcast by Women’s Cric Zone.
“But, now, they are comfortable because I’ve worked long enough in the industry where people will feel a certain level of comfort, and people know that I will be doing my job well,” Zainab mentioned.
Her hard work and consistency gave her a “go on and never stop”. The lady has featured herself as the presenter in the ICC World Cup 2019 and has hosted the multiple seasons of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as well.