Pakistan Cricket Team has finally arrived in India despite endless doubts over their participation in the WorldT20 held in India.Pakistan T20 Skipper Shahid Afridi clearly stated he is satisfied with security arrangements made for the team in India and also said that he loves playing in India.He said that he has received loads of affection and support from Indian fans whenever he has played in India in the span of his long cricketing career.
Shoaib Malik also backed his skipper opinions and said that arrangements in terms of security made for team is appropriate and the focus is on to play good cricket in the mega event.The players did have a word to the media when they arrived on Saturday in Kolkata.
Shahid Afridi said that he has fond of memories of touring India and always have received huge adulation and respect from Indian fans while playing in India.He further expressed that passion for cricket in India bears resemblance to what is in Pakistan.
Shoaib Malik who also married Indian tennis star Sania Mirza said that he never had any bad experiences on his many visits to India.
Malik said that the people of two countries have no marked differences as they enjoy same cultural traditions,language and eat similar kind of cuisines.He said that he has received warmth and affection from India public and media.
He said that Pakistan could surprise a lot of people as they go into tournament this time around pitted as Underdogs and could draw some motivation from herculean feats achieved in 1992 World Cup and WorldT20 2009 where they were placed in precarious situation to win the coveted prize.
Pakistan is currently No.7 in ICC T20 Team rankings due to their horrid run of form that has seen them lose consecutive series to England and New Zealand.The Asia Cup campaign also saw them bow out early as they got defeated by Bangladesh in a crucial game and also lost a game against India where they got bundled out for 83 runs.
The team misery was compounded by injury list as Babar Azam and Rumman Raees could not recover in time to be declared fit while Khurram Manzoor and Khalid Latif were selected in place of Ahmed Shehzad and Iftikhar Ahmed in the squad for WorldT20 2016.
Shoaib Malik said that his team could turn things around following a string of losses in last three months and could play to their best in the WorldT20 in India.