New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will not allow its players to tour Pakistan as ICC World XI will play three T20s there in September 21, 23 and 27. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বিশ্ব একাদশের পাকিস্তান সফরকে নিউজিল্যান্ডের ‘না’]
Brendon McCullum, Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott were included ICC World XI squad. All of them are former New Zealand cricketers and are not in contract with the board anymore but like the contracted players, they also need NOC (No Objection Certificate) to play.
“For the contracted players it’s highly likely they will be unavailable [for Pakistan] due to other international commitments, that I can’t say any more about at this stage,” said NZC chief executive David White.
“For the non-contracted players there’s ongoing security advice from the ICC, and I know the Players’ Association has sought independent security advice as well. They’ll be guided by that advice and make a decision and they would have to assume the risk of going [to Pakistan].”
Martin Guptill, Trent Boult are the players in World XI wishlist for the Pakistan tour. But NZC won’t give them NOC to play there.
“It’s reality. We can’t announce it yet but there’s a fairly strong possibility we’ll have international commitments over that period that would preclude the players participating,” added White.
The Final of Pakistan Super League 2017 was held in Lahore this year. Nathan McCullum was the only New Zealand player to take part in the game. Bangladesh’s Anamul Haque also played for Quetta Gladiators.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com