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ICC World Cup 2019 trophy arrives in Pakistan

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed arrived with the elusive trophy in Islamabad

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) 2019 World Cup trophy has arrived in Pakistan, for a second time, ahead of the mega event in England and Wales.

According to details, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was entrusted with the responsibility of bringing the trophy from Dubai to Islamabad.

After its visit to the Federal Capital, the trophy is set to move to Karachi on Friday, April 12, where it will be displayed at the local Moin Khan Academy — on April 14.  

It must be noted that this trophy tour is part of a private event and has no affiliation with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Speaking on this occasion, Sarfaraz was optimistic about Men in Green’s title chances.

“We will try our best to win the World Cup and return home with the trophy,” said Sarfaraz, who led Pakistan to ICC Champions Trophy triumph in 2017.

The wicketkeeper-batsman also shared details about the trophy tour by stating: “The trophy will tour all provinces of Pakistan this time.”

The 31-year-old also spoke about the revival of international cricket in Pakistan and the role played by nation’s armed forces, in this regard.

“Revival of international cricket in Pakistan, after a decade, is a great sight because people love the game here,” he said. “I think we must give credit to Pakistan Army for playing a major role in betterment of security situation in the country.”

The showpiece event is set to begin on May 30 and conclude with the final on July 14 at Lord’s.