In an impassioned statement, Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam highlighted the team’s unwavering commitment to focus on all nine formidable opponents, extending beyond India alone, in their quest for the World Cup 2023 final. Azam emphasised that conquering each team is crucial to their journey towards the ultimate goal. Demonstrating their readiness, Pakistan stands prepared to face any opponent, at any stadium in India, during the highly anticipated 2023 World Cup. As the squad eagerly awaits official authorization to compete, their determination remains resolute, fueling their aspirations for glory on the grandest cricketing stage.
Pakistan is likely to go to India for the ICC tournament, although its participation is contingent on government approval. It will be their first meeting in India since 2012. The neighbours are strong political rivals who normally only clash in international events on neutral grounds, most recently during the T20 World Cup last year in Australia.
Here’s the video of what the Pakistan captain said
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We are looking at doing well in every match: Babar Azam
Babar said, “We are not thinking only about playing and winning against India in the World Cup. We are looking at doing well in every match if we are to win the ICC title. We are going to play the World Cup, not just India in India.”
He also stated that the conflicts inside the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will have no impact on the national team’s performance in the ODI World Cup or the assignments preceding it. When asked if the recent changes in the PCB leadership and selection committee had an impact on the players, Babar stated that their job is to concentrate on cricket.
He further added, “We don’t focus on what is happening in the PCB. We just focus on cricket. We have the entire schedule of our coming matches before us and we know what needs to be done to win matches as professionals.”
The Pakistan captain stated, “We have to play the World Cup wherever it is held and we are excited about the challenges ahead of us.” Pakistan will also compete in the six-nation Asia Cup, which will take place from August 31 to September 17. The first four matches will be contested in Pakistan, while the following nine, including the final, will be hosted in Sri Lanka.