The ICC ODI World Cup warm-up game between the Pakistan cricket team and the New Zealand cricket team took place yesterday September 29 in Hyderabad.
The Pakistan vs. New Zealand game took place behind closed doors due to security concerns. It means that the game took place without any fans. As per the BCCI, the decision to play the Pakistan vs. New Zealand game behind closed doors was to consider the day’s celebrations (Ganesh Visarjan) and after consulting with local security teams. The Indian board also said that fans who bought tickets will get a refund.
Quote from BCCI
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 warm-up match between Pakistan vs. New Zealand Cricket team, which took place in Hyderabad on September 29, was completed behind closed doors, as per the suggestion of the local security officials.
One can expect large crowds in the city. It is because the match in Hyderabad falls on a day when festivals are taking place. The BCCI said in a release that the fans who bought tickets for the Pakistan vs New Zealand warm-up game will get a full refund.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 ticketing partner, Bookmyshow, will get news from the Indian board to reimburse people who are buying tickets for the match. “The game will take place without fans. Those who have booked their tickets, their money will get a refund,” a BCCI official said.
“There will be no fans at the game. Fans with tickets will get a refund.”
Pakistan Cricket team will begin their ODI World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on October 6. They play Sri Lanka on October 10 in Hyderabad. The main event will still be India vs. Pakistan on October 14 in Ahmedabad at the Narendra Modi International Cricket Stadium.
Also, Pakistan’s requests for the granting of their visa have been made to travel to India on Tuesday. The Men in Green had planned a team-building activity in Dubai. But it had to be postponed because the Indian government had sent their visas on Monday.
Pakistan Cricket Team Lost the Warm-up match against New Zealand by 5 wickets
Pakistan Cricket Team has decided to bat first after winning the toss. Team Pakistan failed to make an impression on their 1st warm-up match. Pakistan only made 33 runs with 1 wicket in their 1st powerplay. However, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan controlled the match and made 205 runs in 2nd powerplay. Babar Azam made 80 runs and 103 runs for Mohammad Rizwan. In 50 overs, Pakistan managed to make 345 runs and gave a target of 346 runs to New Zealand.
Kane Williamson made the comeback and his first match after he got injured in the opening match of the Indian Premier League IPL 2023. In the 2nd inning, Devon Conway goes for a golden duck. The New Zealand cricket team starts strong after the duck out of Devon Conway with 50 runs in just 6.6 overs. However, Pakistan bowlers controlled the game and New Zealand made only 65 runs in 10 overs with 1 wicket loss in 1st powerplay.
The New Zealand team made 229 runs with 3 wickets loss in 2nd powerplay. And they chased the target of 345 runs in just 43.4 overs.
Political tension is concealed by cheerful images
The lovely images in Hyderabad belied the tensions that have almost put an end to cross-border travel and bilateral meetings. Because of strict limits on their people’s freedom of movement across the heavily militarized border.
Since 1947, when both nations got independence from the British Raj, they have been fierce enemies. Since then, they have been in three wars, and at global meetings, they trade political jabs.
Despite the frantic relations between both governments. Athletes from both nations laugh and chat together before or after matches.
Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli is very popular among Pakistan cricket fans. The fans sport duplicate shirts bearing Kohli’s name on the back.
At the recent Asia Cup, Kohli kept joking around with Pakistan cricket players during rain delays. He kept chatting with them before the India-Pakistan match.
Following their podium finishes at the World Athletics Championship in Romania last month. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem and India’s Neeraj Chopra, the Olympic and world champions in the javelin, embraced one another.