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Pakistan’s ‘real anger’ with New Zealand, not India: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said that his country’s “real anger” was directed towards New Zealand and not Team India as the Kiwis had recently abandoned their tour to his which was followed by England.

“Our real anger is with New Zealand. We will take it out on them, we have no issues with you (India),” Akhtar said while talking during India Today’s show Salaam Cricket 2021.

Significantly on September 17, the Kiwi cricket team had abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.

The development took place a few minutes before the first ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand.

Following New Zealand’s last-minute decision to cancel their limited-overs tour had not gone well with Akhtar, who had slammed the touring Kiwi team and its cricket board, saying “NZ just killed Pakistan cricket”.

“Sad scenes & news from Rawalpindi. Following points for New Zealand to remember: 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack. Pakistan stood strong with New Zealand. Pakistan toured New Zealand in the worst of Covid circumstances regardless of the crude treatment by NZ authorities on that tour,” Akhtar had expressed.

“This was just an unverified threat, it could have been discussed. Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to his NZ counterpart and assured but it was still refused. Pakistan has safely hosted South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe & PSL,” he had added.

Later, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had also cancelled their men’s and women’s short tour of Pakistan, which was severely criticised by many former cricketers.

Akhtar also reckoned that the Virat Kohli-led side would be under more pressure as compared to the Green Brigade as the Babar Azam-led side have nothing to lose.

“There is a lot of pressure but it’s less on Pakistan because, first of all, the entire stadium is blue. That is yours. Your fans will be there, your broadcasters, we have no problems if we lose this,” Akhtar said.

“On a serious note, I feel there is a lot at stake for India. If Pakistan bat first and make more than 180 runs, then trust me, the pressure gets to the biggest of players. If India can handle that pressure better than Pakistan, that’s fine, but what if Pakistan surprises you?” he questioned.

Speaking on Kohli, he felt that luck was not on Kohli’s side.

“Captain’s luck is not favourable for Virat Kohli. I feel that Virat Kohli is such a great cricketer, a great guy, but somehow, as a captain, his luck is not striking. I hope it doesn’t strike on the 24th,” Akhtar said.

Pakistan are placed in the second Group in the showpiece event along with India, New Zealand, Afghanistan and two qualifers.

After opening their campaign against the Virat Kohli-led Team India, Pakistan will next face New Zealand at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah October 26.

The Green Brigade will next take on Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai October 29 before facing the two qualifers on November 2 and 7 in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14 in Dubai.

New Zealand’s Tom Blundell ruled out of Pakistan ODI series

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell has been ruled out of the ODI series against Pakistan.

The right-hander will miss the ODI series with a left-quad strain which he had sustained during the fourth T20I against Bangladesh recently. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who was initially joining the side for the T20I series, will now assemble with the New Zealand ODI squad.

However, Mitchell will only be available only from the second ODI as he will have to complete the mandatory isolation.

“Obviously everyone is gutted for Tom, he’s a quality player with a diverse skill-set,” stand-in coach Glenn Pocknall said in a team statement on Thursday.

“He’ll remain with the squad and we’re hopeful he’ll be available again for the T20I series. With Tom out, we do lose our first choice back-up wicket-keeping option. However, there are several guys in the squad with keeping experience and we’ll ensure they do the necessary work at training to be up to speed if called upon,” he added.

On the other hand, New Zealand physio Nishil Shah said: “Tom’s been working hard since the injury in Bangladesh. The injury’s not quite where we want it so we think it’s best for him to concentrate on his rehab given the big summer of cricket ahead.”

The three-match ODI series will begin on September 17 in Rawalpindi, and will be followed by five T20Is.

The three ODIs will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs.

Notably, the Kiwi cricket team will be touring Pakistan after a long gap of 18 years.

Earlier, New Zealand’s tour to Pakistan was cut short in 2002 after a bomb explosion outside the team’s hotel in Karachi.

After completing their Bangladesh tour, the New Zealand cricket team landed in Pakistan on a chartered plane of Bangladesh’s Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight at the Islamabad airport on September 11.

New Zealand had last played an ODI series in Pakistan in 2003.

Earlier in August, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan had confirmed the Black Caps tour to Pakistan.

“Series against a top-ranked side like New Zealand will be a perfect start to a mouth-watering and highly-exciting home season of red and white-ball cricket. The 2019 World Cup finalists, who are also the World Test champions and ranked third in T20Is, will draw tremendous attraction and interest from the local fans, and will reinforce Pakistan’s status as a safe and secure country,” Khan had said.

“I am pleased New Zealand Cricket has accepted our offer to play two additional Twenty20 Internationals. These will not only provide extra games to both the countries as part of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup preparations, but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan, familiarise with our culture and enjoy our hospitality. With leading cricket playing countries resuming their tours to Pakistan in 2019, I remain confident and optimistic that the 2021-22 season starting with the series against New Zealand will prove to be a catalyst in rejuvenating our talented youngsters while attracting new fans to the game that has the most passionate following in the country,” he had added.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive David White had commented: “We’re very much looking forward to returning to Pakistan for the start of their home international season. New Zealand was the first country outside India to tour Pakistan and we share a close relationship with the PCB.”

“It’s great that, after such a difficult time for Pakistan, international cricket is again being played in the country,” he added.

After 18 years, Black Caps to tour Pakistan for limited-overs series

The New Zealand cricket team will tour Pakistan for ODIs and five Twenty20 Internationals, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday.

Notably, it will be the Black Caps first tour to Pakistan in 18 years.

While the ODIs will be held on September 17, 19 and 21 at Rawalpindi’s Pindi Cricket Stadium, the five T20Is will be staged at the Gaddafi Stadium between September 25 and October 3.

While the Rawalpindi ODIs will count towards the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification, third position on the ICC T20I Team Rankings will be up for grabs in Lahore.

Commenting on the development, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “Series against a top-ranked side like New Zealand will be a perfect start to a mouth-watering and highly-exciting home season of red and white-ball cricket. The 2019 World Cup finalists, who are also the World Test champions and ranked third in T20Is, will draw tremendous attraction and interest from the local fans, and will reinforce Pakistan’s status as a safe and secure country.

“I am pleased New Zealand Cricket has accepted our offer to play two additional Twenty20 Internationals. These will not only provide extra games to both the countries as part of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup preparations, but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan, familiarise with our culture and enjoy our hospitality.

“With leading cricket playing countries resuming their tours to Pakistan in 2019, I remain confident and optimistic that the 2021-22 season starting with the series against New Zealand will prove to be a catalyst in rejuvenating our talented youngsters while attracting new fans to the game that has the most passionate following in the country.”

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive David White commented: “We’re very much looking forward to returning to Pakistan for the start of their home international season. New Zealand was the first country outside India to tour Pakistan and we share a close relationship with the PCB.”

“It’s great that, after such a difficult time for Pakistan, international cricket is again being played in the country,” he added.

In the Super League, Pakistan have 40 points from nine ODIs, while New Zealand have won all three ODIs and are presently sitting pretty on 30 points.

The seven top-ranked sides and World Cup hosts India will progress directly for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to take place in India in October/November 2023.

PCB urges New Zealand Cricket for 2 additional T20Is during upcoming series

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to play two additional T20I matches when the Kiwis tours the country in September before the World T20 Cup in UAE.

As if now, New Zealand is scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals and as many T20 matches during their Pakistan tour.

However, the NZC is yet to take a call on the request.

Notably, it will be for the first time when the Kiwis visit Pakistan since 2002.

Significantly, the PCB is set to host England, West Indies and Australia apart from New Zealand in the 2021-22 season.

After the Kiwis, England will be touring Pakistan for the first time since 2005-06 for a T20I series in October.

While the West Indies are expected to tour Pakistan in December, Australia is likely to visit in February 2022.

Significntly, between 2010 and 2018, no top-ranked Test side visited Pakistan due to security concerns after the infamous terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March, 2009.