LAHORE - After striking two back to back victories in the World  Blind Cricket Cup, Pakistan blind cricket team will be travelling to United Arab Emirates today (Thursday) to play India on January 12 at Ajman cricket ground.

The match has been scheduled in UAE after India’s refusal to feature in the World Cup being played on Pakistani soil. Nine players and four officials of the Pak team have already flown to UAE and manager Zeeshan Abbasi and other players will be leaving on January 12.

Pakistan team struck awesome performance in its first two matches, outplaying Bangladesh at Gaddafi Stadium and Nepal at Gujranwala with an identical margin of nine wickets. “We are fully prepared to face India in a decent way, no matter we will be playing India in UAE there will be no added pressure on us,” said team manager Zeeshan Abbasi on Wednesday.

He termed his team a combination of talent and technique and said players are upbeat ahead of the match against India. “It is going to be a very important of the event for us and I have urged the players to demonstrate higher level of cricket keeping in view the strength of our opponents. It will be a tough match, rather the most toughest of the event and collective efforts and hard work will be the key to success.”

Pakistan team official praised the batting skills of man of the match of the first two games, master blaster batsman, Badar Munir and termed him the “game changer” for his two successive centuries in the matches. “We expect a lot from him to show consistency and other players in the team should also follow his foot prints to inspire the team to success against India,” said Zeeshan.

Both the semifinals will be played on January 17 in UAE with final on January 21 at historical ground Gaddafi Stadium.

Meanwhile, Secretary Sports Punjab M Aamir Jan congratulated the Pakistan Blind cricket team on its remarkable performance in the first two matches of 5th Blind World Cup. Pakistan beat Bangladesh at Gaddafi Stadium on January 8 and Nepal at Jinnah Stadium Gujranwala on January 9 by identical margin of 9 wickets.

Praising the overwhelming performance of Pakistan blind cricket team , Aamir said Pakistan team outplayed their opponents in all departments of the game in both the matches. “Our players demonstrated wonderful performance with collective efforts to outclass in both the games”.

He said the outstanding performance of Pakistan blind team reflects the true picture of its great potential. He also lauded the superb performance of Pakistan batsman Badar Munir, who struck impressive match-winning back to back centuries in both the encounters. Secretary Sports expressed the hope that Pakistan blind cricket team will maintain its winning sequence in the remaining matches of Blind World Cup in UAE.

PAKISTAN BLIND TEAM: Nisar Ali (captain), Aamir (vice captain), Zafar Iqbal, Sajid Nawaz, M Ayaz, Riasat Khan, M Asif, Badar Munir, Mutih ullah, Anees Javed, Haroon Khan, Zeeshan Abbasi, M Jamil, Mohsin Khan, M Ejaz, Sana ullah, Israr Hussain and M Rashid.