Mitchell McClenaghan shocks fans with 'last World Cup' confirmation for Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee

Published - 14 Jun 2024, 05:30 PM

Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan and Trent Boult
Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan and Trent Boult. Image Credit: Getty Images/X

Former New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has made bold statements about Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, and Trent Boult after the Black Caps’ early exit from the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA and Caribbean.

After blaming the poor decision-making and lack of preparations for New Zealand's disastrous performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, McClenaghan predicted that this edition will be Williamson, Southee, and Boult’s last World Cup together for the side.

Mitchell McClenaghan blamed lack of resources for New Zealand's early T20 World Cup 2024 exit

On June 14, Afghanistan knocked out New Zealand from the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 with their seven-wicket win over PNG in their Group C match, qualifying for the Super-8 stage of the tournament. Apart from Afghanistan, the West Indies also qualified for the Super 8s from Group C.

Well, McClenaghan has sharply criticized the national cricket team's approach following their early exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA and Caribbean.

The former pacer has pointed to a lack of investment in the coaching staff, players, and preparation as the key reasons behind New Zealand's disastrous T20 World Cup 2024 campaign. He emphasized that having a strong cricketing legacy, New Zealand should use top-tier resources to win a World Cup.

The former pacer highlighted the urgency of better preparation and strategic planning for New Zealand after consecutive defeats against Afghanistan and the West Indies in their Group C matches, leading to their embarrassing exit from the T20 World Cup, the first in the last decade.

Mitchell McClenaghan predicts last World Cup for Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, and Trent Boult

Furthermore, McClenaghan even predicted that the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 will be the last mega ICC event for senior pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee, as well as captain and veteran batter Kane Williamson, saying they are playing together their last World Cup.

Mitchell McClenaghan posted on X: “New Zealand is a premier side who should spend premier resources to win a World Cup. Lack of investment into staff, players & preparation is exactly why NZ has lost this World Cup. The last World Cup where Boult, Southee and Williamson will be together.”

Notably, New Zealand will finish their group-stage matches in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 against Uganda and Papua New Guinea on June 15 and 17, respectively.

However, their elimination is already confirmed, leaving them to reflect on missed opportunities and the need for significant changes moving forward to reclaim their status as a formidable force in the cricket world.

On the other hand, the Black Caps, typically known for their strong performances in white-ball tournaments, entered the T20 World Cup 2024 after a lengthy break of almost a month and a half, having played their T20I series in Pakistan.

The delay in getting players to Trinidad for warm-up matches was partly due to nine players participating in the IPL 2024, which disrupted their preparation schedule. The Black Caps had requested to reschedule their warm-up matches to a later date to accommodate their players' arrivals, but this request was denied by ICC officials.

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