On its first visit to India in seven years, the Pakistan cricket team arrived here on Wednesday to compete in the ODI World Cup.
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Long layover in Dubai and quarantine in Hyderabad
As a result of a nine-hour layover in Dubai, the Babar Azam-led side will spend a lot of time in Hyderabad. Leaving Lahore at dawn on Wednesday, the team reached Hyderabad late in the evening.
Warm-up matches and group stage fixtures
On September 29, Pakistan face New Zealand in their first warm-up game before facing Australia on October 3. In their first match here, they will play Netherlands before playing Sri Lanka in their second match on October 10.
Visa issues and security concerns of Pakistani cricket team
Their Indian visas were obtained less than 48 hours before travel. Due to tense relations between the two countries, India and Pakistan only play each other in Asia Cup and ICC events.
New experience for most players
The only cricketers to visit India are Mohammad Nawaz and Salman Ali Agha. Babar could not play in the 2016 T20 World Cup in India due to injury.
PCB chairman confident of a smooth tour
The ICC has assured the BCCI that all cricket teams will be well protected, so I don’t expect our team to be treated differently. According to PCB management committee chairman Zaka Ashraf, our team will not face any problems in India.
Babar is excited to play in front of a huge crowd
As the team prepared for its departure, Babar expressed his excitement about playing in India. This was especially true in Ahmedabad, where the archrivals met in front of one lakh spectators.
No pressure from conditions or expectations
Despite the fact that we have never played in India before, we are not taking the pressure too seriously. During the pre-departure media conference, Babar said, “We have done our research and heard that conditions are similar to those in other Asian countries.”
Team’s success over individual accolades
There will be many people in Ahmedabad, so I’m excited to play there. As far as I can, I will do my finest to meet expectations. As far as individual accolades are concerned, I want to make sure whatever I do contributes to the team’s success,” Babar said.