To play in the ICC World Cup 2023, the Pakistan team arrived in Hyderabad, India, on Wednesday.
The national team arrived at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in India via Dubai. According to a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the team got off the plane.
Reports from the Press Trust of India confirmed the news, saying that this is Pakistan’s first trip to the neighboring country in seven years. In 2016, the Green Shirts traveled to India for the T20 cricket world cup.
After several delays, the Indian government finally gave the Pakistan team visa on Monday. The development followed the PCB’s letter to the International Cricket Council conveying visa-related concerns.
India is scheduled to host the World Cup from October 5 to November 19, 2023. Pakistan’s first match in the event is set for October 6 in Hyderabad against the Netherlands. On October 14, in Ahmedabad, they will play their much-anticipated match against their archrivals India.
The national team will play two warm-up matches, one against New Zealand on September 29 and the other against Australia on October 3. It was planned that the team would go to Dubai on September 25 and stay there for two days.
On Monday, Cricket Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq announced the 15-person team for the mega tournament. Notably, bowler Hasan Ali is on it, but star pacer Naseem Shah isn’t because he got hurt in the Asia Cup.
Faheem Ashraf, who was a member of the Asia Cup squad, and Mohammad Hasnain are two other notable dropouts.
Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imamul Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, (wicketkeeper) Mohammad Wasim, Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usama Mir
Reserve Squad: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan