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Junaid Khan shames New Zealand cricketers for prioritizing IPL over Pakistan T20I series

Junaid Khan shames New Zealand cricketers for prioritizing IPL over Pakistan T20I series

Pakistani pacer Junaid Khan has dropped his opinion about New Zealand Cricket (NZC) naming a second-string squad for the upcoming Pakistan T20I series. The Black Caps are all set to visit Pakistan for a five-match T20I series starting April 18th, however, nine big names have prioritized the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) over national commitments.

Junaid says it is ‘sad’ to see the players putting leagues over the national team, which gave them all ‘respect’. Notably, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, and Mitch Santner are representing their respective IPL franchises.

Moreover, Colin Munro, Tom Latham and Will Young were unavailable for selection whereas, Tim Southee was rested. Notably, there are many new and inexperienced faces in the T20I squad. Michael Bracewell, who last played international cricket in March 2023, will lead the side.

Talking about the situation, Junaid took to his Twitter and penned out,

“It’s sad to see leagues are being prioritised over the team that gave them all the respect. 11/12 senior players are not available for an international series.”

It is pertinent to mention that both teams were supposed to prepare for the T20 World Cup 2024 with this five-match series. It remains to be seen if NZC will prepare these youngsters for the all-important tournament, or if senior players will prepare through IPL 2024 for the extravaganza.

New Zealand T20I squad for Pakistan tour

Michael Bracewell (c), Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Ben Lister, Cole McConchie, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Will O’Rourke, Tim Robinson, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert (WK), Ish Sodhi

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