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Naseem, Usman, Wahab return home after T20 World Cup debacle

Players and officials land at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport today

By Sports Desk
June 19, 2024
Players and officials of Pakistan cricket team at Lahore airport. — Screengrab via Geo News
Players and officials of Pakistan cricket team at Lahore airport. — Screengrab via Geo News

Following T20 World Cup 2024 exit owing to dismal performance in league matches, only two Pakistan cricketers along with other officials have arrived back home who landed at Lahore airport during the early hours of Wednesday.

The players and officials travelled to Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport via a private airline flight today after starting their journey back home from Florida, United States.

The returnees included Naseem Shah, Usman Khan and Senior Manager Wahab Riaz, however, skipper Babar Azam, Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim, Azam Khan and Mohammad Amir were not among them.

Babar planned to return to Pakistan at a later date on June 22.

In the aftermath of the World Cup assignment, Head Coach Gary Kirsten is set to return to his home, while Amir plans to extend his stay in the United States for a couple of days before heading to England to join the Derbyshire.

The marquee event proved challenging for the 'Green Shirts', who failed to progress beyond the league stage.

The team faced a surprising defeat at the hands of the United States and also conceded a match to India, a game that was initially in their favour.

This double setback prevented their advancement to the Super 8 round, marking a disappointing end to their campaign.