New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson expects the match against Pakistan tomorrow to be played in good spirits despite the tensions amidst the two boards following the Black Caps’ abandonment of the Pakistan tour earlier last month.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) rued the last-minute cancellation of the tour but the Kiwis had no choice as a security threat had been revealed by their government. Heading into tomorrow’s Super 12 match between New Zealand and Pakistan, Williamson said:
“There are a lot of good relations within the two teams. Over the years they’ve played a lot against each other, and a number of players have played with each other, as well. I am sure the game will be played in the right spirit,” Williamson said.
“They’ve got a very well balanced side” – Kane Williamson
The Kiwi skipper further termed Babar Azam and co. as favorites for the T20 World Cup after their performance last night against India. They will be flying high in confidence but Williamson was keen on focusing on their own game instead of worrying about their opponents.
“They certainly put it on show last night and showed why they’re one of the favorites in the competition. Tomorrow I’m sure they’ll be very strong again, so for us, it’s focusing on the cricket that we want to play and trying to adjust to conditions.”
“They’ve got a very well-balanced side, and also a great mix between youth and experience with Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in the middle order, as well, which brings a lot of experience to the side,” Williamson added.
Pakistan will square off against New Zealand tomorrow and will have the odds in their favor. As for the Kiwis, it’s about starting off on the right note.