Ian Smith, a former New Zealand cricketer, is looking forward to a T20 World Cup ‘grudge match’ between Pakistan and New Zealand.
When New Zealand unilaterally chose to suspend the series against Pakistan owing to security threats,’ emotions ran high.
“It’s a bit of a grudge match today,” Ian Smith observed, “on the basis that New Zealand recently pulled out of the tour over there and returned home, which didn’t satisfy Pakistan at all.”
“We did the right thing, but it doesn’t take away their suffering, therefore there will be feelings in that game.” It’s the first game we’ll play, and I expect it to be a tremendous challenge, so I’m looking forward to it.”
The cancellation of New Zealand’s tour had far-reaching implications for Pakistan cricket. Since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has worked relentlessly to restore Pakistan’s image on the world scene.
“This plot has been created to damage the image of Pakistan, since its image was going to develop up owing to the role it is playing for peace in the area,” Sheikh Rasheed, Pakistan’s Federal Interior Minister, stated.
The match between Pakistan and New Zealand will take place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26th.