Team Pakistan Departed To India For ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
The Pakistan team left for India on Wednesday (today) to compete in the much-anticipated ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
The national team departed Lahore airport at 3.20 a.m. and will make a quick layover in Dubai before flying to Indian Hyderabad.
The team is slated to arrive in Hyderabad at 8:15 p.m. (local time) today, September 27.
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Pakistan’s traveling squad consists of 18 players and 13 support members.
Morne Morkel, the bowling coach, and Mickey Arthur, the men’s cricket team director, will join the team in Dubai and India, respectively.
The following day, the team will train, and their first warm-up match against New Zealand is set for September 29.
Babar Azam Message For Fans
Before departing for India, national team skipper Babar Azam solicited prayers from cricket fans.
“As we head for the World Cup, we seek prayers of all the Pakistan cricket team fans and well-wishers. I am certain that you will continue to extend your support and love, which you have always done. Pakistan Zindabad,” Babar wrote on his official X handle.
As we head for the World Cup, we seek prayers of all the Pakistan cricket team fans and well-wishers. I am certain that you will continue to extend your support and love, which you have always done.
Pakistan Zindabad ???????? pic.twitter.com/ZiMJIfCBfd
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) September 27, 2023
After a lengthy delay, India officially handed visas to the Pakistan squad on Monday, putting an end to the uncertainty surrounding Pakistan’s participation in the much-anticipated competition.
PCB Letter To ICC on Visas Issue
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to express its dissatisfaction with a visa delay that had hampered the team’s preparations for the huge event across the border.
Pakistan will play two warm-up matches before opening their World Cup campaign on October 6 against the Netherlands.
India and Pakistan will square off in a mouth-watering match on October 14 in Ahmedabad.
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