The Pakistan cricket team had a brief practice session at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in preparation for their upcoming World Cup warm-up match against New Zealand, scheduled for Friday.
The team arrived in Hyderabad on Wednesday night, and they left their Park Hyatt hotel around 8 a.m. to practice at the stadium, returning before noon. Security arrangements were tight for the team’s travel and at the stadium.
Given the massive Ganesh immersion procession happening in the city, the practice session was scheduled for the morning. This procession typically brings the city to a standstill, and over 20,000 policemen were deployed for security during the immersion and in and around Hyderabad.
Due to the Ganesh immersion and the upcoming Milad-un-Nabi procession in the city on Sunday, the city police have requested organizers not to allow spectators in the stadium for the first warm-up match scheduled for Saturday.
Pakistan’s next warm-up match will be against Australia on October 3. They are also scheduled to play two World Cup matches against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka in Hyderabad before heading to Ahmedabad for a highly anticipated match against India on October 14.
This visit marks Pakistan’s first tour to India in seven years, with their last visit being in 2016 for the T20 World Cup.
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