Simon Doull slams Kane Williamson's New Zealand in a corner!! Asks ICC to make the Kiwis play the Qualifiers

Published - 15 Jun 2024, 02:34 PM | Updated - 15 Jun 2024, 02:43 PM

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Kane Williamson and Simon Doull (Credits: Twitter)

New Zealand stalwart Simon Doull has lashed out at the New Zealand team after their first-round exit in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Simon Doull feels the New Zealand Team deserves to play qualifiers for the next ICC T20 World Cup tournament. 

Shocking, that New Zealand will have to play in the qualifiers in the next ICC T20 World Cup 2026. The tournament will be held in India and since New Zealand has failed to qualify for Super 8 in the current edition, they will have to play the qualifiers first to participate in T20 World Cup next time. 

New Zealand was part of Group C in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 with Afghanistan, West Indies, Uganda, and Papua New Guinea on their side. The top two teams from each group can qualify for the Super 8 round. 

Afghanistan and West Indies won their first three games to grab a spot in the Super 8 round from the group. On the other hand, New Zealand lost their first two games against Afghanistan and West Indies. They won their previous clash against Uganda by 9 wickets but it was too late. 

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New Zealand deserves to play T20 World Cup qualifiers: Simon Doull

During the New Zealand vs Uganda game in ICC T20 World Cup 2024, former New Zealand pacer and active commentator lashed out at BlackCaps for their poor show in T20 World Cup 2024. He said New Zealand deserved to play in qualifiers for the next edition.  

“Actually, they deserve to [on playing T20 World Cup qualifiers]. Came here not prepared, unprepared for the warm-up game. Players actually putting trips back home ahead of turning up for their country", Doull said. 

Simon Doull, who is one of the commentators in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, feels Kiwis players need to show more commitment to their national team instead of franchise tournaments. 

"Over the years, NZC has been very generous in allowing players to play franchise cricket all around the world, but they need to show the willingness to make decisions for the country as well,” Doull further added. 

Interestingly, many New Zealand players are quite active in franchise T20 leagues and some of them are also allowed to skip national tournaments to play in such leagues. For instance, Tim Southee only plays for New Zealand in important bilateral series and ICC tournaments. 

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New Zealand defeated Uganda in their previous game by a huge margin 

Kane Williamson-led New Zealand faced the shock of the decade after they lost their opening game to Afghanistan by 84 runs in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. The Kiwis got out for just 75 against a target of 159 at Providence Stadium in Guyana. 

Later, they also lost to the hosts West Indies by 13 runs. Once again, Kane Williamson & Co. failed to chase in the match with a 150-run total on the board. 

New Zealand shattered many records in their previous game against Uganda, where they bowled out the opposition for just 40 in 1st innings and chased it down in 5.2 overs.

However, with Afghanistan and West Indies winning their first three games out of 4, BlackCaps have been ruled out of the tournament. Kiwis will play their last match against PNG on Monday, July 17, a dead-rubber clash. 


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