Shadab Khan opens up after arrival in India for ICC World Cup 2023

Pakistan will play warm-up match against New Zealand tomorrow

By Web Desk
September 28, 2023
Shadab Khan (R) is upbeat ahead of the mega event. - PCB

Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan opened up after arriving in India for the ICC World Cup 2023.

Taking to X, formerly know as Twitter, on Thursday Shadab said that support from the fans will be key for the Pakistan team during the mega event.

“All geared up for the World Cup. We will give it our all. We can achieve our goals with the support of our fans. We believe when you believe,” Shadab posted with the hashtag ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.

It must be noted that the Pakistan team took part in a training session at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, on Thursday.

This was Pakistan’s first training session after arriving on Indian shores for the ICC World Cup 2023.

Majority of the Pakistan players took part in the session, which included captain Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali.

The Pakistan men's cricket team landed in Hyderabad, India, on Wednesday from Dubai to participate in the mega event.

On Monday, after a long delay, India finally issued visas to the Pakistan team ending uncertainty surrounding Pakistan's participation in the tournament.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) complaining about a visa delay which, it said, had disrupted the team's preparation for the mega event across the border.

Pakistan will play two warm-up matches before beginning their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on October 6.

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are set to clash in a mouth-watering October 14 contest in Ahmedabad.

Pakistan squad for ICC World Cup 2023

Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jnr, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha.

Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan.

Schedule of Pakistan's warm-up matches:

September 29 — vs New Zealand in Hyderabad

October 3 — vs Australia in Hyderabad

Pakistan's schedule for the ICC World Cup 2023:

October 6 — vs Netherlands in Hyderabad

October 10 — vs Sri Lanka in Hyderabad

October 14 — vs India in Ahmedabad

October 20 — vs Australia in Bengaluru

October 23 — vs Afghanistan in Chennai

October 27 — vs South Africa in Chennai

October 31 — vs Bangladesh in Kolkata

November 4 — vs New Zealand Bengaluru (Day match)

November 11 — vs England in Kolkata

The day matches which will start at 10:00am Pakistan Standard Time (PST) while all other matches will be day-night fixtures starting at 01:30pm (PST).

If Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals, they will play in Kolkata.

If India qualify for the semi-finals, they will play in Mumbai unless playing against Pakistan, in which case they will play in Kolkata.