‘Overwhelmed with the love and support,’ says awestruck Pakistan’s captain Babar after reception in India - GulfToday

‘Overwhelmed with the love and support,’ says awestruck Pakistan’s captain Babar after reception in India


Babar Azam arrives with team members at Rajiv Gandhi International airport in Hyderabad, India, on Wednesday night. AP

Pakistan captain Babar Azam was overwhelmed with the love and support from the Indians when the Men in Green landed in Hyderabad for the ICC World Cup 2023, to be held in India from Oct.5 to Nov.19.

Babar took to his social media account and wrote, “Overwhelmed with the love and support here in Hyderabad.” Earlier, Shaheen Shah Afridi also lauded the Indians for their warm reception for the Pakistani cricketers.

The Pakistan cricket team landed in Hyderabad on Wednesday night amid tight security. The team flew into the city via Dubai for the first tour to India in seven years.

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After landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, the players and support staff boarded the special bus and checked into a star hotel in the city.

Babar Azam and some other players were seen waving at a few supporters and mediapersons. A few security personnel also took pictures with the players on their mobile phones.

Star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was seen chatting with a police officer. This is the first time in seven years that the Pakistan cricket team is visiting India. The team last played in India in 2016, in the T20 World Cup.

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Pakistan will play two warm-up matches here, while their first two World Cup fixtures are also scheduled in Hyderabad. Pakistan will take on New Zealand in the first warm-up match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sept.29.

In view of the Ganesh immersion and also the Milad-un-Nabi procession in the city, the city police have requested the organisers not to allow spectators in the stadium for the first warm-up match scheduled on Saturday.

Pakistan’s second warm-up match will be against Australia on Oct.3.

The visitors will open their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on Oct.6, before playing Sri Lanka on Oct.10. The team will then travel to Ahmedabad for the big match against India scheduled on Oct.14.

Pakistan cricket team on Thursday had a brief practice session at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium ahead of their World Cup warm-up match against New Zealand on Friday.

The team, which landed in Hyderabad on Wednesday night, left Park Hyatt hotel around 8 a.m. for the stadium and returned before noon. Tight security arrangements were made for the team’s travel and at the stadium.


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