The warm-up game between New Zealand and Pakistan on September 29th, organized as part of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 preparations, will occur without spectators due to security recommendations related to festivals drawing crowds on the same day.
Additionally, the BCCI has assured fans who bought tickets that they will receive a full refund. Both the Pakistan and Afghanistan cricket teams have secured their visas for their journey to India for the upcoming major cricket event.
Pakistani players and support staff are expected to obtain their visas on Tuesday, ensuring their involvement in the quadrennial competition. The Pakistan cricket team is slated to reach Hyderabad via Dubai on Wednesday, September 27, arriving two days in advance of their initial warm-up match against New Zealand on September 29.
According to sources, Pakistan submitted their visa applications for India on September 19. Typically, it takes about five days for the visas to be approved through standard processing. As a result of this timeline, Pakistan had to cancel their initial plans for a team-bonding camp in Dubai and travel directly to India.
Pakistan’s warm-up game against New Zealand in Hyderabad will be held behind closed doors
Prior to the ODI World Cup 2023, Pakistan will have two warm-up matches, one against New Zealand in Hyderabad and another against Australia at the same venue on October 3. Their first official World Cup match is against the Netherlands on October 6. The highly anticipated Pakistan-India encounter is set for October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
This stadium will also host the World Cup opener between England and New Zealand on October 5, marking the start of an exciting tournament. Pakistan’s World Cup campaign will cover five different venues, featuring matches in Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and a high-stakes finale in Ahmedabad.
Despite entering the Asia Cup as the top-ranked ODI team, Pakistan was surprisingly eliminated in the Super 4s stage after losses to India and Sri Lanka. Cricket enthusiasts are now eagerly anticipating Pakistan’s performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, in the hopes of witnessing a resurgence of their championship-quality play.