Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi vowed on Tuesday to win the World Cup for millions of weary fans back home who lost out on the showpiece when their country became a no-go zone.
International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan ever since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore two years ago which left eight people dead and injured seven visiting players and their assistant coach.
Pakistan was among the four co-hosts of the 2011 World Cup but the International Cricket Council was forced to move the matches in the wake of attacks.
"Not playing in our counry is on our minds," Afridi said, ahead of his team's first match against Kenya on Wednesday.
"We feel for our nation, our people who are missing the World Cup.
"I think this is the main thing for us, so definitely we will try our level best to win, which is very important for us, and if we do that I hope some cricket returns to our country sooner than later."
Besides the suspension of international cricket, Pakistan has also been hit by the spot-fixing scandal, which ended in lengthy bans on Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, and other disciplinary problems.
Afridi admitted it was hard to keep the team in the right frame of mind against a background of such problems.
"It was difficult to keep the team settled in the beginning when we had all those issues," said Afridi, himself banned for two matches on charges of ball-tampering during a one-day match in Australia in 2010.
"We had to rebuild the team again but now a situation has come that our team is settled. We now have such a combination that people have hopes that this team can do something," said Afridi, who took over as captain in July last year.
The Pakistan Cricket Board delayed in retaining him for the World Cup until he won his first one-day series in New Zealand earlier this month.
"It's difficult to be the captain in India or Pakistan with all that's happening, you have to make sacrifices. But my effort is always that I do well as captain or as player," said Afridi, who made his ODI debut against Kenya in 1996.
In only his second one-day match, he hit a world record 37-ball hundred - which still stands - against Sri Lanka in Nairobi.
"I love Kenya and Kenyans," said Afridi, when asked about his team's opponents.
"I don't think we will be relaxed when we face them and I would like to be playing at our full strength."
That meant express paceman Shoaib Akhtar will share the new ball with Umar Gul or Abdul Razzaq, with Wahab Riaz as fourth seamer.
Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez will lead the spin department.