ICC World Cup 2023 Match Between Pakistan and Netherlands: Are They Prepared to Write a New Chapter?
The first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 between Pakistan and the Netherlands at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is particularly important to both sides in many ways.
For the first time in seven years, Pakistan is in India for the grand finale, and just two players from the team—Mohammad Nawaz and Salman Aga—have ever played here. They are in Hyderabad, a city that has welcomed them with open arms, despite the uncertainty surrounding the team's ability to go to India for the World Cup, the site change, and a great deal of back and forth between the two boards.
It has taken the Dutch 15 years since 2007 to participate in a 50-over World Cup, but despite discussions about the format almost becoming obsolete, this is a great chance for them to highlight their accomplishments over the years, particularly the one that has largely gone unrecognised: their success in the Super League and the evident improvement in talent that is emerging.
The location is Hyderabad's Uppal Stadium, however Pakistan will have to rely on the biassed Hyderabad crowd for support as there won't be any Pakistani fans in the stands due to delayed visa issuance. After all, just a few days prior, a considerable crowd had attended Pakistan's previous warm-up match against Australia. It's not often that you get to see Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi perform live, and chances to witness them in action would not be plentiful in the future.
Nevertheless, just as work was proceeding at a frantic speed in a race to get the Stadium ready, Pakistan and the Netherlands made their last-minute arrangements the day before. The east side canopy has been postponed until another day, but the west end of the stadium now has a new, welcoming canopy with floodlights attached. A facelift is provided by the nearly 4000 additional seats, all of which are located in the lower deck. However, as you get farther but still within broadcast camera range, the situation changes, or rather remains fragmented, much like the HCA association as it is at the moment.
- What: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Match 2 between Pakistan and the Netherlands
- When: 2:00 PM IST on October 6, 2023
- Where: Uppal, Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
Pakistan, having suffered two defeats in the warm-up matches, would realise that they need to improve, particularly in their bowling. Pakistan conceded more than 350 in both games, and the pitch conditions are probably going to stay mostly the same. Mohammad Wasim Jr. was predicted by nets to beat Hasan Ali in the XI. In both warm-up matches, Ali, a late addition to the team due to an injury to Naseem Shah, bowled with the new ball and received flailing returns. In contrast to Abdulla Shafique and Salman Aga, Fakhar Zaman and Saud Shakeel had a solid hit during the net session, suggesting that the middle order toss-up was resolved.
The Netherlands' World Cup preparations—read: warm-up games—did not go as planned when they played their penultimate One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa in April. Their starting lineup is essentially established, although Scott Edwards, the captain, and Bas De Leede will be crucial players. No injuries have been reported to date.
Pakistan: Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman
States: Teja Nidamanuru/Colin Ackermann, Vikramjeet Singh, Max O'Dowd, Wesley Baressi, Bas de Leede, Logan van Beek, Saqib Zulfiqar, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meerkeren, and Aryan Dutt
We are an incredibly talented cricket squad. And once more, it was a draw for me to return since all of the young boys I worked with have grown up to be extremely skilled cricket players.Mickey Arthur, Pakistani Team Leader
Getting to the semifinals is our goal. Our primary goal is to defeat one of the bigger teams, but in order to get there, we need to win four or five games.Netherlands' Bas de Leede, Allrounder
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