Kane Williamson drops humungous retirement bomb on New Zealand right after Trent Boult's announcement

Published - 18 Jun 2024, 01:44 PM | Updated - 18 Jun 2024, 01:50 PM

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Kane Williamson. Image Credit: X

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that they will need time to regroup following their early exit from the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Williamson, a stalwart in New Zealand's memorable journey for over a decade, hinted at uncertainty regarding his participation in the next edition of the T20 World Cup 2024, slated for 2026 in India and Sri Lanka.

The 33-year-old Williamson, who will turn 34 in August, has been instrumental in New Zealand's successes across formats, guiding the Black Caps to multiple World Cup semi-finals and three finals.

His standout performances include being awarded Player of the Tournament in the 2019 World Cup in England and a crucial 85-run innings against Australia in the final of the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Kane Williamson uncertain about T20 World Cup 2026 participation following early exit

Williamson’s longtime teammate Trent Boult already confirmed his retirement from the T20 World Cup after this tournament, and now the skipper hinted at the possible transition phase in the New Zealand cricket team.

As speculation mounted about his future, Williamson remained non-committal about his participation in the 2026 edition of the T20 World Cup. The Black Caps finished their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign with a seven-wicket win over the PNG in their final Group C match in the tournament.

The New Zealand cricket team suffered heavy defeats against the West Indies and Afghanistan but won two games against Uganda and PNG, finishing in the third spot in the Group C points table with four points in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Kane Williamson said in the post-match press conference: “I don't know (On his involvement in New Zealand's T20I set-up in 2026). There's a bit of time between now and then, so it's about regrouping as a side. We've got red-ball cricket over the next year basically, so it's back into some other international formats, and we'll see where things land.”

Williamson added, “It took a long time to start, and then, in a matter of days, we were not in contention, which was frustrating. We played against a couple of very strong sides who are very well equipped in these conditions and unfortunately, that was the difference in our first two games.”

It was a frustrating campaign for us: Kane Williamson

However, the New Zealand captain remained optimistic about the future despite their disappointing campaign at the 2024 T20 World Cup. Williamson said that it was a frustrating campaign, but there will be lessons for the players who will return to play in the Caribbean in the future.

Williamson, a veteran of 93 T20I matches, signed off by saying, “These conditions have been somewhat challenging, so they are some good experiences to have going forward. Notably, the skipper will have a busy schedule ahead, as the Kiwis are lined up for a Test tour of India later this year before hosting England for a three-match series in December.

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