Pakistan cricket team arrives in India
The Pakistan cricket team has arrived in India ahead of the ODI World Cup with high spirits and without any signs of a rift between the players. Captain Babar Azam addressed the rumors and confirmed that they are all friends, putting an end to any speculation of a feud with pacer Shaheen Afridi.
Babar Azam quashes rumors of a rift
In his final press conference before leaving for the tournament, Babar Azam dismissed the rumors of a rift amongst the players. He emphasized the importance of respect and stated that they love each other like family.
Disappointing exit from the Asia Cup
After their disappointing exit from the Asia Cup, where they lost to Sri Lanka, rumors of a feud started circulating. Reports suggested that Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi were engaged in a heated argument.
Positive atmosphere upon arrival
Despite the rumors, the Pakistan team arrived in India in a positive and upbeat mood. Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi even posed for a photo together, showing no signs of animosity.
The team's preparations
The team left Pakistan to prepare for their final warm-up game against New Zealand before the World Cup. However, due to visa issues, they missed out on two days of training. The Pakistan Cricket Board resolved the issue after initially contacting the International Cricket Council.
Babar Azam's social media post
Babar Azam took to Instagram to express his gratitude for the warm welcome in India. He posted a story saying he was overwhelmed with love and support in Hyderabad.
The challenge to win the World Cup
Pakistan arrives in India with hopes of winning the World Cup in the highly competitive 50-over format. Australia, England, and India are considered strong contenders after impressive performances in recent series.
World Cup campaign begins
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on October 6. They will be aiming to make a strong start in the tournament.
Babar Azam was also in the news recently for receiving a £20 fine for speeding in his Audi. This news came after Pakistan ended up at the bottom of the Asia Cup Super Four.