Inzamam slams ICC as NZ players pull out of Pakistan tour for IPL

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Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has thrashed the ICC and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) board. This rage from Inzamam-ul-Haq comes after 8 players from New Zealand’s squad opted out of the upcoming limited-overs tour against Pakistan. Kiwi superstars like Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, and Kyle Jamieson are set to play the remainder part of the IPL 2021, which is scheduled to be played in the UAE in September. Here is why Inzamam-ul-Haq Slams The ICC And NZ Board

Inzamam-ul-Haq Slams The ICC And NZ Board

Pakistani ace Inzamam feels that the Pakistani team is not getting to play against the key players of any team. He added that when the Pakistanis were on their tour of South Africa, the majority of the Proteas players were in India for the IPL 2021 in April. The same scenarios will occur during the NZ tour of Pakistan ahead this year.

“Wherever the Pakistan team is going, they are not getting a chance to play against the main players. When we went to South Africa in April, they sent their players for the IPL. With the upcoming NZ series in Pakistan, eight NZ players have opted out of the tour to play IPL. Even in the recent England tour, the whole England team got changed due to COVID-19 in the camp,” Inzamam said on his Youtube channel.

Inzamam stated that the Pakistani players are not playing alongside top players. He feels that this will affect their preparation for the upcoming T20I World Cup. He also accused ICC of not taking any major steps following the players choosing IPL over international cricket. He said that ICC is letting players degrade international cricket by allowing them to prioritize domestic tournaments.

“I feel that the Pakistan team is not getting proper practice because they are not getting to play against the main players. What is the ICC doing? What message are they trying to give? Players are giving importance to private leagues and not international cricket. It’s like degrading international cricket. If you see the whole sequence, it’s happening only against Pakistan,” he added.

New Zealand’s squad for the upcoming tours

New Zealand’s squad for Bangladesh T20s & Pakistan ODIs

Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry (ODI only), Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears (T20 only), Blair Tickner, Will Young

New Zealand’s squad for Pakistan T20s

Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young

The tour will start with the first of three ODIs on September 17, followed by five T20Is.

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