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Team Pakistan impressed by the reception in India ahead of World Cup

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Pakistan Cricket team landed on Indian shores on 28th September for ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. The highly anticipated World Cup 2023, set to kick off from October 5 to November 19. The team’s arrival was met with tight security measures, emphasizing the importance of this cricketing event. They landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, in Hyderabad, and supporters were all there to welcome the team.

Skipper Babar Azam, Md. Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi all took to their social media handles to present their gratitude for warm welcome. However, this warm reception from Indian cricket fans has set a positive tone for Pakistan’s campaign in the tournament.

Pakistan’s preparations for the ODI World Cup 2023 include two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad. Although, Pakistan’s first game is against Netherlands on 6th October.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is confident of having a great tournament

Meanwhile, ahead of their departure, Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam, addressed the media, outlining his team’s aspirations and mindset. Babar exuded confidence, expressing his desire not only to secure a top-four spot but also to lift the coveted trophy.

Babar Azam said in the press conference,

All of us are proud of travelling for the World Cup. Although we have not played in India before, we are not taking too much pressure. We have done our research and we have heard the conditions are similar to how they play out in other Asian countries. It is quite an honour for me to travel as the captain this time around, I hope we come back with a trophy this time

The top-four is a small goal for us. We want to come out as winners. Our team did not have enough time to put together a camp before the World Cup because we had been playing for too long continuously. We wanted to give the players a break so they come back refreshed and with the hunger to win. You play well when you have that hunger,” 

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