LAHORE: The Pakistani T20 World Cup squad, led by skipper Babar Azam reached Dubai on Friday for the much-anticipated cricket event.
The Shaheens flew from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport for the UAE in a chartered plane today.
The men in green will have to stay in quarantine for a day in the UAE till their coronavirus test results arrive. Once the squad tests negative, they will begin training.
Pakistan is scheduled to play two warm-up matches against the West Indies and South Africa on October 18 and 20, respectively.
Some squad members have brought their family members along with them after the ICC had permitted it — and they will also be tested for COVID-19.
The Pakistani team, along with their family members and support staff were taken to the airport under high security.
Millions of fans will be eager to witness Pakistan begin their bid for the trophy with a high-octane clash against arch rival India on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The two neighbours will come face-to-face for the first time since their 2019, 50-over World Cup fixture at Manchester, and this will be the sixth time they will compete in the global T20 tournament.