ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023: Pakistani fans on their way to India
The Green Shirts will play their first match on October 6

Pakistan Team’s Departure: The Pakistan cricket team embarked on their journey to India for the highly anticipated ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Departure Details:

The national team’s journey began at 3:20 a.m. when they departed from Lahore airport. They made a brief stopover in Dubai before continuing their flight to Indian Hyderabad.

Arrival Schedule:

The team is scheduled to arrive in Hyderabad at 8:15 p.m. (local time) on September 27.

Team Composition:

Pakistan’s travel contingent comprises 18 players and 13-player support personnel.

Coaching Staff Joining:

Bowling coach Morne Morkel and men’s cricket team director Mickey Arthur will join the team in Dubai and India, respectively.

Training and Warm-Up Matches:

The team will participate in a training session on the following day and is set to play their first warm-up match against New Zealand on September 29.

Captain’s Message:

Before departing for India, Pakistan’s national team captain, Babar Azam, requested prayers and support from cricket fans.


Visa Issue Resolved:

India issued visas to the Pakistan team on Monday, ending the uncertainty surrounding their participation in the World Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had previously complained to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the visa delay affecting the team’s preparation.

World Cup Schedule:

Pakistan is scheduled to play two warm-up matches before starting their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on October 6.

India-Pakistan Clash:

One of the most anticipated tournament clashes is between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, scheduled for October 14 in Ahmedabad.

Pakistan Squad for ICC World Cup 2023:

The Pakistan squad for the ICC World Cup 2023 includes:

  • Babar Azam (c)
  • Abdullah Shafique
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Imam-ul-Haq
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
  • Shadab Khan
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Usama Mir
  • Haris Rauf
  • M Wasim Jnr
  • Hasan Ali
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Saud Shakeel
  • Salman Ali Agha

Travelling Reserves:

The travelling reserves for the team are Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, and Zaman Khan.

Schedule of Warm-Up Matches:

Pakistan’s warm-up matches schedule includes:

  • September 29 — vs. New Zealand in Hyderabad
  • October 3 — vs Australia in Hyderabad

Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup Schedule:

Pakistan’s fixtures in the ICC World Cup 2023 are as follows:

  • 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

Match Timing:

Day matches will start at 10:00 a.m. Pakistan Standard Time (PST), while all other matches will be day-night fixtures starting at 01:30 p.m. (PST).

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Semi-Final Locations:

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 they will play in Kolkata.

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