Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, marked his 29th birthday by cutting a cake with his teammates in the team hotel in Bangalore. After their previous game in Ahmedabad, the team has arrived in Bangalore to prepare for their next 2023 World Cup match.
Pakistan has had a decent start in the tournament, with two wins out of three matches. They defeated the Netherlands and Sri Lanka but faced a heavy loss against India. Individually, Babar struggled with the bat in the initial two matches, but he managed to score a half-century against India.
Unfortunately, his performance came in a losing effort as the rest of the team’s batting lineup couldn’t perform. It’s worth noting that this was also Babar’s first fifty against India in ODI format.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) posted a video on their official X (formerly Twitter) account, offering fans a look at Babar’s birthday festivities at the team hotel. You can view the birthday celebrations in the video here:
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 15, 2023
“It seemed like a bilateral series; it seemed like a BCCI event”- Mickey Arthur, the team director of Pakistani
Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur expressed his disappointment and criticized the ICC and BCCI after Pakistan’s significant loss to India in the 2023 World Cup. He felt that the match seemed more like a bilateral contest organized by BCCI, rather than a true ICC World Cup event.
During a post-match press conference, Arthur shared his thoughts: “It didn’t seem like an ICC event to be brutally honest. It seemed like a bilateral series; it seemed like a BCCI event. I didn’t hear Dil Dil Pakistan coming through the microphones too often tonight.”
He continued: “So yes, that does play a role, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse because for us it was about living the moment, it was about the next ball and it was about how we were going to combat the Indian players tonight.”