Pakistan Cricket Team Departs For ICC World Cup 2023 In India
The national squad departed from Lahore airport at 3:20 am and will briefly stop in Dubai before their onward flight to Hyderabad, India.
India issued visas to the Pakistan team on Monday, putting an end to the uncertainty surrounding their participation in the tournament. This followed a complaint by the Pakistan Cricket board (PCB) to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding visa delays, which had disrupted the team's preparations.
Pakistan will compete in 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 scheduled for October 14 in Ahmedabad.
Babar Azam (c)
Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
M Wasim Jnr
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Salman Ali Agha
Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan.
Pakistan's warm-up match schedule:
September 29 — vs New Zealand in Hyderabad
October 3 — vs Australia in Hyderabad
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
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 facing Pakistan,in which case the match will be held in Kolkata.