Cricket World Cup 2023: India and Pakistan ready for match at 132,000-seater stadium

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"This is a golden opportunity for us to become heroes."  Babar Azam grinned and joked his way through Friday's news conference, 

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 there was no sign of nerves at the task that awaits. The Pakistan captain will lead his team out against their greatest rivals India on Saturday.

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Babar has done this before, but never in front of 132,000 at the world's largest cricket stadium.

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The fans and the whole of Pakistan-India are waiting for this match," Babar said. "We are also very excited."

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A World Cup that has up until this point fairly wandered through its initial nine days is prepared for lift-off.

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This most recent gathering will be played in the midst of the proceeded with political strains between the two nations.

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Beginning around 2013, Pakistan and India have just played each other in ICC worldwide competitions like the World Cup, or in Asia Cup

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Last month India refused to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, instead playing their games in Sri Lanka.

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The tensions mean few, if any, Pakistan fans will be in Ahmedabad for Saturday's match because of trouble in obtaining visas.

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In any case, with the tide solidly against them, Pakistan are offering to take care of the measurement that annoys them most.

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They have met India multiple times at the 50-over World Cup. Saturday's hosts have won every one of the seven,

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"I don't zero in on the past," said Babar. "I attempt to zero in on what's in store. Such records are made to be broken and I attempt to break them."

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