Watch: Pakistan Cricket Team arrives in India after 7 years for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Pakistan Cricket Team lands at Hyderabad airport on Wednesday evening.
Pakistan Cricket Team got a warm welcome from Indian fans when they landed in Hyderabad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Pakistan cricket team arrived in India after 7 years. The last time they travelled to their neighbouring country was in 2016 T20 World Cup. World Cup 2023 is all set to be played in India across 10 different venues. The mega event will begin on October 5 at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad. The finals will be played at the same venue on November 19.
Pakistan team lands in Hyderabad
Pakistan will be staying in Hyderabad for a while now, as they are scheduled to play their warm-up matches against Australia and New Zealand and then play their opening two league-round games against Netherlands and Sri Lanka. They will begin their preparation at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Hyderabad crowd welcomed the neighbours with a huge reception. A crowd gathered in large numbers to welcome Pakistani players. Pakistan have not played any bilateral series against India in India since 2012–13.
Babar says ‘overwhelmed by the welcome’
Pakistan captain Babar Azam was overwhelmed by the reception his team got in Hyderabad. Babar Azam posted a special message on his social media account to thank Indian crowd. Babar Azam posted, “Overwhelmed with love and support here in Hyderabad.” Pakistan Cricket Board also posted on social media account X, “A warm welcome in Hyderabad as we land on Indian shores.” Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam were the star attractions among the fans at Hyderabad Airport. Tight security was also provided for the team to travel to their hotel.
Pakistan will take on India in Ahmedabad on October 14. India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2012–13. They have only met each other at ICC events. Pakistan have recently faced India twice in Asia Cup 2023. Pakistan won their last World Cup event in 1992 under Imran Khan’s leadership. Since then, they have failed to create that same magic in cricket’s most prestigious battle. Pakistan are among the favourites this time, along with host India, to win the championship. Fans are expecting some great battles from men in green.