Pakistan Cricket team leaves for Twenty20

SansadTV Bureau
The director of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup tournament MV Sridhar  Photo-PTI

The director of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup tournament MV Sridhar

The 27-member Pakistan cricket team will be reaching Kolkata on Saturday to participate in the Twenty20 World Cup

The Team left from Lahore after days of uncertainty over their participation in the mega event came to an end.

Pakistan squad, which includes 15 players, 12 officials and support staff, reached the Allama Iqbal international airport amidst tight security and boarded a flight after Pakistan government gave PCB the green signal to fly to India.

“Come on together we can do it,” tweeted Team coach Waqar Younis to motivate his team.

He told the media that departure of the team for India had been hit by uncertainty and security issues.

“I told the players to only focus on cricket and leave security issues to the boards and experts,” Waqar said.

“We will take one match at a time and we are not thinking right now about the match against India on March 19. First we have to play Bangladesh and get past them. They are a very improved side now and have been hard to beat at home,” he said.

The Pakistan contingent includes manager Intikhab Alam, the experienced former Test captain and a high profile security manager.

ICC Twenty20 world cup cricket is the sixth edition of the ICC World Twenty20, and the first to be hosted by India. The tournament began on 8 March and will continue till 3 April. Pakistan’s first warm-up match will begin on 13 March.