When Zainab Abbas writes “facts” about players, what happens?
Pakistani broadcaster Zainab Abbas, who has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, said that the parent of a “notable player” called her after she posted bad things about the player on social media.
During an interview with a digital sports network, Abbas, who has played cricket all over the world for Pakistan, was asked how fans responded when she said bad things about players.
Abbas laughed and said that not only fans but also the parents of players would ask her not to say bad things.
“I’m not making this up. The parent of a well-known bowler called me. I was told not to write something I had written based on facts about the player. All the things I wrote were based on facts, which you can find on Cricinfo,” she said.
She added, “It does happen.”
Abbas’s voice is too well known in Pakistan cricket. Cricket fans listen to what she has to say about the game.
At the same time, she said in the same interview that some players give gifts to media and ask for favors.
“I know for sure that some players have been giving a lot of gifts to certain reporters in order to get them to say good things about them. This is a pretty normal thing to do. You get more [digital] followers, and the rest happens on its own. But, yes, this is a very common thing to do. “If gifts don’t work, tickets can also do the trick,” the host said.
She also said that players’ social media trends are probably set by their coaches, and most players don’t know about it.