Pakistan’s cricket team en route to ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.
Star players include Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi.
First warm-up match: Pakistan vs. New Zealand on September 29.
The Pakistan men’s cricket team is en route to India for the highly anticipated ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
They departed from Lahore airport at 3:20 am and made a short stop in Dubai. Their arrival in Hyderabad is scheduled for 8:15 pm (local time) on September 27.
Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed extended his best wishes to his fellow teammates for the upcoming mega-event on a social media platform called X (formerly known as Twitter). It’s worth noting that Sarfaraz Ahmed was a contender for a spot in the squad, but the team management chose Mohammad Haris for the World Cup, with the young player included as part of the traveling reserves.
The Pakistan travel contingent comprises 18 players and 13 support personnel. Bowling coach Morne Morkel will join the team in Dubai, while men’s cricket team director Mickey Arthur will meet them in India.
The team will participate in a training session the day after their arrival and is scheduled to play their first warm-up match against New Zealand on September 29. Pakistan will have two warm-up matches before commencing their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on October 6.
The highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan is set for October 14 in Ahmedabad.
Pakistan’s World Cup 2023 squad includes:
Babar Azam (captain)
Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
M. Wasim Jr.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Salman Ali Agha
Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan.
Here’s the schedule of Pakistan’s warm-up matches:
September 29 — vs New Zealand in Hyderabad
October 3 — vs Australia in Hyderabad
Pakistan’s World Cup 2023 schedule:
October 6 — vs Netherlands in Hyderabad
October 10 — vs Sri Lanka in Hyderabad
October 14 — vs India in Ahmedabad
October 20 — vs Australia in Bengaluru
October 23 — vs Afghanistan in Chennai
October 27 — vs South Africa in Chennai
October 31 — vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
November 4 — vs New Zealand in Bengaluru (Day match)
November 11 — vs England in Kolkata
Day matches will start at 10:00 am Pakistan Standard Time (PST), while all other matches will be day-night fixtures starting at 01:30 pm (PST).
If Pakistan qualifies for the semi-finals, they will play in Kolkata. If India qualifies for the semi-finals, they will play in Mumbai unless they face Pakistan, in which case the match will be in Kolkata.
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