The Pakistan cricket team arrived in Hyderabad for their participation in the ICC World Cup 2023 on Wednesday, September 27. They received a grand welcome at Hyderabad airport as a huge crowd erupted to catch a glimpse of the Pakistan cricketers.
However, the former Pakistan cricketer Mushtaq Ahmed made a controversial religious statement on a live TV show in Pakistan, suggesting that due to the predominantly Muslim population in Hyderabad, Pakistan would enjoy huge support in the ICC World Cup 2023.
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Meanwhile, upon their arrival in India, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam, pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi, and wicket-keeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan each took to their social media accounts to express their gratitude for the warm welcome they received in Hyderabad.
Pakistan is set to play a pair of warm-up matches against New Zealand and the Netherlands before commencing their World Cup 2023 campaign against the Netherlands on October 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The highly anticipated India versus Pakistan clash is scheduled for October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.