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No fans allowed for Pakistan-New Zealand warm-up match in India

The Pakistan cricket team will face New Zealand in a warm-up match ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023 in India, but the game will be played without any spectators due to security reasons.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday that the match, scheduled for Friday in Hyderabad, will be held behind closed doors as per the advice of the local security authorities.

The BCCI said in a statement that the decision was taken because of the coinciding festivals on the day, which are expected to attract large crowds in the city. The statement added that the fans who had bought tickets for the match would get a full refund.

Pakistan and New Zealand are among the 10 teams participating in the 50-over World Cup, which will begin on October 6. Pakistan will play another warm-up game against Australia on October 3 before starting their campaign against the Netherlands on October 9.

Pakistan, led by captain Babar Azam, aims to win their second World Cup title after their triumph in 1992. However, they have not played a bilateral series against India since 2013 due to political tensions between the two countries. The only matches between the arch-rivals take place in multi-nation tournaments.

After a slight delay, the Pakistan squad received their visas on Monday and are set to depart for India via Dubai on Wednesday. They hope to overcome the security challenges and focus on their cricketing performance in the mega event.


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