ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: It’s going to be pretty tough against Pakistan, says Martin Guptill

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The Blackcaps abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a security alert from the New Zealand government minutes before the start of the opening game.

Wellington: New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill said his team had been waiting for some time before the T20 World Cup but the cancellation of the Pakistan series left everyone “disappointed”.

The Blackcaps abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a security alert from the New Zealand government minutes before the start of the opening game.

“I think it was disappointing for everyone involved. We were all looking forward to playing some cricket and getting a little game time before the World Cup and it shouldn’t have happened,” Guptill was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“I know that Pakistan is really looking forward to bringing some cricket back to their country. We are all hoping that there will be cricket again soon,” he said.

New Zealand were set to play their first match on Pakistani soil since 2003. The Kiwis will now start their T20 World Cup campaign against Green Army in Sharjah on 26 October.

Guptill is aware of the prowess of Pakistan’s bowling on sluggish UAE wickets but has backed the Kiwis to do well.

“I feel [it’s] Like any game against Pakistan, they are a tough opponent and in these conditions, it’s going to be tough again,” Guptill said.

“We have to stick to our A-game and bring it to them and not step backwards like every other game we play. It’s going to be a tough game, I’m not going to lie But we are going to prepare well and look forward to that game.”

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman will begin on October 17, with the finals to be played in Dubai on November 14.

First published:October 8, 2021, 5:36 pm

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