The New Zealand cricket team arrived in Pakistan on Saturday to begin their first tour in 18 years. Batting coach Thilan Samaraweera returned to the country where he was shot in 2009.
The Sri Lankan team, where Samaravila belongs, was attacked by militants near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 2009. He was shot in the left thigh and only returned to the game three months after the operation. Since 2019, he has been working with the New Zealand team.
These attacks caused the international team to refuse to tour Pakistan, forcing it to play in a neutral position in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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In 2002, after a bomb exploded outside its team hotel in Karachi, New Zealand also had to shorten its visit to Pakistan. It returned to five one-day international tournaments in 2003-this was its last tour in Pakistan.
On Saturday, the New Zealand team was taken to the hotel by a bulletproof bus. Substitute captain Tom Latham said he and his players are very happy to come to Pakistan.
“For the country of Pakistan, this is obviously very pleasing,” Latham said.
In the past six years, Pakistan has hosted Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bangladesh, the West Indies and Sri Lanka, and the country’s security situation has improved.
New Zealand will host three international one-day races in Rawalpindi (September 17, 19, 21), and five 2020 international races in Lahore (September 25, 26, 29, 10). 1st and 3rd).
The current New Zealand team has been weakened due to a lack of eight top players, including captain Kane Williamson, who will participate in the Indian Premier League rescheduled to be held in the UAE starting next week.
“For us, it’s just going there and trying to adapt to the conditions,” Latham added.
He added: “So, this is another opportunity for the team and they are looking forward to it.”
The five members of the T20 team – Todd Astell, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptier, Darryl Mitchell and Ish Sodi – are expected to be on Sunday night Arrived later.
As part of the Covid-19 preventive measures, the series will be broadcast before 25% of the audience, and all audiences must be vaccinated to participate.
|New Zealand ODI Team: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Brundle, Doug Braceville, Colin de Granholm, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Scott Cooglain, Cole McConkey, Henry Nichols, Ajaz Patel, Lachin Lavindra, Blair Te Kerner, Will Young.|