Why pulling out of the Pakistan tour is a good move for NZ
New Zealand made a huge call to pull out of their tour of Pakistan. The move shocked a lot of fans and players and this was a strong change of pace for the team. This will surely affect their chances in the coming games and it can change their stance in the T20 World Cup.
With New Zealand turning their backs on the Pakistan Tour for a while, the Black Caps can now use this chance to put all their focus on their games in the T20 World Cup instead. The team backed out last September and knew that it was going to lead to something bigger in the long run.
When the T20 World Cup came, it looked like the right move for the team at this point. The Kiwis pulled out of the tour due to security threats and did not want to take big risks. The Black Caps did not want to take their chances and hoped to come back soon.
The Black Caps did not play and left the country ahead of the first ODI that was set to be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The Pakistan Cricket Board took care of the rest and even booked a flight for the Kiwis on the same day.
England also opted out of their series with Pakistan and that was a strong message to the rest of the cricket teams in the league. PCB chairman Ramiz Raja said that the Shaheens were highly dejected at most and even Black Caps star Kane Williamson said it was a shame that they had to pull out of the tour.
The two teams faced each other in the T20 World Cup instead. The Shaheens won by five wickets with eight balls left, and while the game is over, Kane believes that the loss was affected by the way they cancelled their games in Pakistan.
‘It was a really disappointing situation. I know the team that was there were very much looking forward to the occasion and playing cricket over in Pakistan, and it was a real shame that it wasn’t able to go ahead’, Kane said. ‘But there are also a lot of good relations within the two teams. Over the years they’ve played a lot against each other, and a number of players have played with each other, as well. I’m sure it’ll be played in the right spirit, but no doubt Pakistan will be well supported, as they always are here in the UAE’.
Kane also said that the Shaheens have been focused on their games in the TWC. The team has always been a keen squad ready to bring the best games for the sport, and the TWC is a big chance that the Shaheens can use to show their worth.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores