Lahore (Web Desk): Pakistan’s cricket team captain for the ICC World Cup 2023 Babar Azam has said that the players morale is very high and will try their best to perform well in the mega event.
Talking to media before departure for India, Babar Azam said the national team has worked hard and the recent experience in Asia Cup will help all in doing their utmost during the Cup.
"As a team, our morale is very high, we have confidence. We will try to play our best. I request all of you to pray for the team," Babar said.
To a question, he said preparatory training sessions for the World Cup were not conducted because it was a week after the Asia Cup and the players needed rest to avoid fatigue.
He refuted reports about pressure on the team while playing in India saying the players will attract fans attention by playing well.
The national team is set to depart for India for the tournament. The squad is due to travel to Dubai from Lahore before flying to Hyderabad, India, to play two warm-up matches, against New Zealand on Sept 29 and Australia on Oct 3.
The Green Shirts World Cup campaign will officially kick off in Hyderabad on October 6 against The Netherlands. Their second match will be against Sri Lanka at the same venue on Oct 10.
Pakistan's third fixture will be the high-octane encounter against arch-rivals India at Ahmedabad on October 14 before they go on to play Australia next and the remaining matches against other sides, ending their league stage with the game against England in Kolkata on November 12.