Babar Azam's Social Media Says It All As Pakistan Team Reaches India For ODI World Cup
Babar Azam and the Pakistan team reached Hyderabad for ODI World Cup participation.
The Pakistan cricket team reached Hyderabad for ODI World Cup participation after a bit of a hiccup with regards to their visa. Babar Azam's men received a grand welcome in Hyderabad upon their arrival ahead of warm-up game against New Zealand. Babar and the rest of the Pakistan players looked in a jolly mood upon their arrival at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad on Wednesday. Babar also took to social media to express his delight at the warm welcome he and his teammates received.
Babar and the team's star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi were in high spirits and were visibly smiling as they posed for the camerapersons.
Babar Azam gets a warm welcome in Hyderabad. pic.twitter.com/AZBCLPToH8— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 27, 2023
After nearly a decade since their last visit in 2012-13 for a bilateral series, Pakistan have finally arrived in India.
The 'Men in Green' have undergone substantial changes since then, with the majority of the squad facing the prospect of playing in India for the very first time. This dearth of familiarity with Indian conditions could pose a significant challenge for the entire team.
Taking to Instagram, Babar posted a story which read: "Overwhelmed with love and support here in Hyderabad".
Earlier in Pakistan, Babar addressed the concerns during a press conference and said, "All of us are proud of travelling for the World Cup. 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. It is quite an honour for me to travel as the captain this time around, I hope we come back with a trophy this time."
The lack of experience on Indian soil won't be the only thing that Pakistan will miss. The presence of the home crowd during their tournament matches will be another notable absentee.
"Unfortunately, we will be missing the fans. However, as far as I know, the games are all sold out so we will be playing in jam-packed stadiums. Although our fans will not be there, I know they will make sure their love is heard on social media. I have heard that the fans in India also show their love, although I have not experienced that as of yet but I am excited to play in India as well," Babar added.
Ahead of the World Cup, Pakistan will play their warm-up match against New Zealand which is scheduled to take place in Hyderabad on September 29 behind closed doors.
They will kick off their campaign for the World Cup against the Netherlands on October 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
With ANI inputs