On Monday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) showcased the official World Cup 2023 kit in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Slated to start from Oct 5 in India, Pakistan faces the Netherlands in its opener on Oct 6 in Hyderabad and will square off against India in Ahmedabad on Oct 14.
Dubbed as the “Star Nation Jersey,” the kit signifies the deep bond between Pakistan’s cricket icons and their devoted fans. Inspired by stars, the design celebrates the top achievements of Pakistan’s ODI team, symbolizing aspiration and brilliance.
Zaka Ashraf, the PCB Management Committee’s head, highlighted the jersey’s essence, representing the nation’s rich cricketing history and promising future. He stressed the mutual respect and support between the team and its followers.
Pakistan’s World Cup participation was initially uncertain due to disagreements over the Asia Cup hosting, with India declining to participate in Pakistan. However, after Pakistan agreed to a hybrid model for the Asia Cup in September and subsequent government clearance in August, the team’s World Cup participation in India was confirmed. The foreign office reiterated Pakistan’s stance against mixing sports with politics.