Pakistan cricket team departed to London for the Pakistan England cricket series followed by ICC world cup 2019.
The Pakistani cricket team led by Sarfaraz Ahmed took off from Lahore. They will reach London through Dubai Later today.
Pakistan cricket team will play three warm-up matches, a five one day cricket match and a T20 match with England.
The 1992 World Cup winners start their campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.
Sarfaraz, addressing a press conference at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on Monday, said he would prefer his side to go into the tournament under the radar.
In a press conference at Gaddafi stadium Lahore, Sarfaraz said, “I will prefer my side to go into the tournament under the radar.”
“Look, when we go as favourites, then it´s a problem, but if we go as underdogs then other teams feel the danger, so I think being underdogs is good for us and eases the pressure,” he further said.
Sarfaraz’s Confidence upon the team:
But Pakistan took the Champions Trophy against India in 2017 with a stunning 180-run victory in the final.
“We have beaten India in a bigger event recently so we will have that advantage,” said Sarfraz.
All ten teams will play each other in the tournament starting on May 30 with England taking on South Africa in the opening fixture. The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals.
Along with the Champions Trophy two years ago, Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup and the 2009 World Twenty20.
Pakistan has named two extra players in their squad for the five-match one-day series against England, with paceman Mohammad Amir and batsman Asif Ali in addition to the 15 for the World Cup.
The team has until May 23 to finalise its squad for the tournament.