‘Real Shame’: Kane Williamson Opens Up About New Zealand Tour Postponement
The New Zealand cricket team captain - Kane Williamson – has expressed his disappointment over the postponement of the series between Pakistan and the Kiwis.
Talking to Sportstar, the Kiwis captain termed the sudden postponement a ‘real shame.’
“I don’t know the details of yesterday. It was a sudden call, but obviously, a real shame. Cricket in Pakistan is an amazing thing and so well supported. There is so much passion there and I think the guys will be gutted to not have started and playing the whole series.”
The 31-year-old hoped that the recent development will not have an impact on other teams intending to tour Pakistan. Kane Williamson also acknowledged the passion for cricket in Pakistan. Furthermore, he also stated that his team was looking forward to playing in Pakistan.
‘Real Shame’ Williamson reacts on NZ’s decision to cancel Pakistan tour
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“Players’ safety is paramount and when you hear messages going through from the government, it is certainly above the players’ heads,” Williamson added.
“They were obviously over there, ready to go to the ground. It is a sudden thing that happened. I certainly hope there is no lasting impact from it because it is a special place for cricket to be and there have been a lot of strides forward to see cricket go back into Pakistan and play there safely. We have seen that happen on a number of occasions, so hopefully, there is plenty more cricket there to come.”
On the other hand, The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief, David White, hoped to play the series against Pakistan in the near future. In a statement the NZC chief termed speaking about the possibility of the Kiwis touring Pakistan “premature.”
Moreover, David White hinted at NZC compensating the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the losses incurred due to the series abandonment.
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