Pakistan captain Babar Azam has expressed amazement at the reception his team has received in India. Babar admitted to having a change of heart after landing in Hyderabad, where they’ve played two warm-up games and are due to play their first pair of games of the tournament.
Babar Azam statement over the ICC World Cup 2023 India
“To be honest, we also heard that,” he began when asked if the reaction would be daunting. “But since the time we arrived in Hyderabad, the kind of hospitality we’ve received and the kind of welcome we had from the airport to the hotel…even in the last match at the ground we felt very good,” he stated.
The entry of Pakistan into India caused significant discussion regarding visa concerns, some of which have been took care of with several journalists also scheduled to travel. can go to the World Cup in India. The prospect of fans crossing the border is still unknown, but Babar wishes for it nonetheless.
“It’ll be even better if we can bring our fans.” “And hopefully we’ll get that kind of support in every match and at every stadium,” he continued.
The tournament is anticipated to draw a record audience when Pakistan takes on India in Ahmedabad, and even before that, India’s skipper sounded upbeat in his message to the other captains during a media gathering conducted on the eve of the tournament.
“There is something that is highly valued,” says one of the leaders in the gathering. “Everyone wants to do something really special for their country.”
The 50-over World Cup has always been something I’ve wished for as a child, and I’m sure it’s the same for all of the guys sitting here. One thing I can guarantee, and everyone will know, is that people will enjoy the tournament here. People here love their cricket, so the stadiums will be full. They love their team, but they also love cricket, so rest certain it will be a great competition,” Rohit Sharma remarked.
Babar Azam spoke about the warm reception Pakistan received in India
The ODI World Cup’s and format’s importance has been called into question, but both Rohit and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson were adamant about the tournament.
“I think even with the introduction of T20 World Cups, they’re still major events every four years, as is the World Test Championship.” But I still think the ODI World Cup, and I’m sure everyone else here agrees, is one of the best events that we can play in the world,” Williamson said, as Rohit backed up the Indian public’s expectations.
“Everyone is quite excited. Even before we started playing these warm-up games, around a month ago, while we were traveling throughout India, the discussion was all about the World Cup. And it is not uncommon in India for people to become overly enthused about any major event that occurs. And, given that cricket is India’s most popular sport, I’m not surprised by the level of interest. It is not limited to one or two cities, but is found throughout the country. The World Cup is being discussed everywhere we go. People are excited, and it’s occurring in India after 12 years, so there’s even more cause to be excited,” Rohit remarked.