Skipper Babar Azam makes a heartfelt appeal to nation before departure for WC
Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, humbly requested the nation's prayers and support as the squad embarked on a momentous journey to India to participate in the ICC World Cup 2023. The anticipation for this mega event had been building, and the excitement was palpable as the team prepared for the tournament set to kick off on October 5 in India.
Taking to X (formerly known as Twitter), Babar Azam penned a heartfelt message that resonated with cricket enthusiasts across Pakistan. In his message, he conveyed, "As we set out for the World Cup, we humbly seek the prayers of all the Pakistan cricket team fans and well-wishers. I am confident that you will continue to shower us with your unwavering support and love, just as you always have. Pakistan Zindabad." This heartfelt plea encapsulated the hopes and dreams of not just the team, but the entire nation.
The journey began at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport, where the team assembled and embarked on their voyage to India via Dubai. The anticipation was electrifying as Pakistan's cricketing stars, along with their support staff, boarded the flight with the weight of a nation's expectations resting on their shoulders. They were bound for Hyderabad, India, with their arrival scheduled for 8:15pm on that Wednesday, marking the start of their quest for cricketing glory.
The squad itself comprised 18 talented players, each carrying the hopes and aspirations of their country. Additionally, there were 13 player support personnel accompanying them to ensure the team's success. Notably, Bowling coach Morne Morkel was set to join the team in Dubai, adding his expertise to the mix, while Team director Mickey Arthur was also gearing up to link up with the Pakistan cricket squad in India. These seasoned professionals were poised to provide invaluable guidance and mentorship to the team throughout the tournament.
In these critical moments, Pakistan's cricketing destiny hung in the balance, with the nation eagerly awaiting the outcome of the ICC World Cup 2023. Babar Azam's call for prayers and support served as a poignant reminder of the unity and passion that cricket instills in the hearts of Pakistanis, regardless of borders and boundaries. As the team touched down in India, they carried not only their equipment but also the hopes and dreams of a nation, united in its unwavering love for the sport and its beloved team.