The ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 is just around the corner and the teams who are participating starting to travel to India for the mega event. All the teams might land in India at least 2-3 days earlier before the warm-up games so that they can acclimatize to the conditions. However, the Pakistan cricket team’s preparation for the World Cup has been interrupted due to visa clearance issues. The team, who applied for the 33 visas (including players and team management) still didn’t get the visa clearance to travel to India.
Pakistan cricket team planned a team bonding session before the WC
The Pakistan Cricket Team has planned a two-day team bonding session in Dubai just before travelling to India for the CWC 2023. However, due to visa issues, the two-day training session in Dubai has been cancelled now.
Pakistan cricket team will now wait for the process to complete and as soon as they get the clearance, they will fly to India.
33 visas applied by the Pakistan cricket team
According to the sources, the Pakistan cricket team has applied for 33 visas, which include players, the support staff, and the team management. But they didn’t receive any confirmation.
“Having applied for 33 visas, including for players and management, but at this point, the team haven’t received any confirmation.” The source also said the team had initially planned a two-day session in Dubai, but it is not possible now.
Pakistan’s last visit to India
Pakistan cricket team last travelled to India in 2016 for the ICC T20I World Cup. They didn’t even reach the top 4 in the tournament. Due to the political tensions between India and Pakistan, the two teams haven’t played any bilateral series since 2013. They only play in the ICC tournaments and in the ACC tournaments since then.
Pakistan won the last bilateral ODI series against India by 2-1. India visited Pakistan last time for the Asia Cup in 2008.
PCB source hopeful of receiving visa clearance on time
One of the top sources from the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has said that they are hopeful of getting visa clearance on time despite being pending right now. They are hopeful that they will be on time to participate in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
When will the Pakistan Cricket Team travel to India?
There is a possibility that the Pakistan Cricket Team might take an early morning flight from Lahore on September 27. They are just waiting for the pending visa clearance. The team will first land in Hyderabad.
Pakistan’s warm-up games scheduled
Pakistan Cricket Team will play their first warm-up match against New Zealand on September 27 in Hyderabad. They will play the 2nd warm-up match against Australia at the same venue.
Pakistan Cricket Team’s schedule:-
Pakistan will start its WC campaign against the Netherlands on October 06 in Hyderabad. All game schedules are given below.
MATCH NO., OPPOSITION, DATE, VENUE
02, Vs Netherlands, Oct 06, Hyderabad
08, Vs Sri Lanka, Oct 10, Hyderabad
12, Vs India, Oct 14, Ahmedabad
18, Vs Australia, Oct 20, Bengaluru
22, Vs Afghanistan, Oct 23, Chennai
26, Vs South Africa, Oct 27, Chennai
31, Vs Bangladesh, Oct 31, Kolkata
35, Vs New Zealand, Nov 04, Bengaluru
44, Vs England, Nov 11, Kolkata
All the games will start at 2:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Paksitan will not play in Mumbai
If the Pakistan cricket team reaches the top 4, they will play the 2nd semi-final in Kolkata. They will not play the first semi-final in Mumbai (no matter where they finish in the top 4) due to security concerns.
In fact, Pakistan’s warm-up game against New Zealand (NZ) will be played behind closed doors due to security concerns.
Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup 2023:-
Babar Azam will lead the side in the mega event. They will miss the services of one of their premium pacer Naseem Shah in the tournament.
Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Usama Mir
Mohammad Haris (wk), Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan
So this is the news coming in from Pakistan. It is just a matter of time. As soon as they get the visa clearance, they will fly to India for the all-important ODI WC 2023.
Pakistan won the WC last time in 1992 under the captaincy of Imran Khan. Since then, they have been looking for their 2nd ODI WC title. The last time they played an ODI WC in India in 2011, they lost a semi-final against India.
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