The Pakistan cricket team arrived in India on Wednesday, for the ODI World Cup beginning on October 5 after seven years. The Babar Azam-led are to spend a lot of time in Hyderabad, having arrived from Dubai after a long nine-hour layover. The squad had left Lahore on September 26 and reached Hyderabad today.
Pakistan will kick off its preparation with an opening warm-up game against New Zealand on September 29 before taking on Australia on October 3. Talking about the World Cup, Babar Azam and Co. will start their campaign against the Netherlands here before taking on Sri Lanka on October 10. The travel to India started poorly for Pakistani players as they didn't receive their Indian visas until 48 hours before their scheduled travel.
Talking about playing in India, Babar Azam expressed excitement about taking on the Men in Blue in Ahmedabad. He said, "Although we have not played in India before, we are not taking too much pressure. We have done our research and we have heard the conditions are similar to how they play out in other Asian countries."
"I am excited to play in Ahmedabad as it will be jam-packed. I will try my best to perform up to my potential. I am not worried about my individual accolades, I want to make sure whatever I do helps the result for the team,” he said.