New Zealand cricket team has grabbed the headlines after the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) decided to abandon the tour of Pakistan just a few minutes before the first ODI match of the series between the New Zealand cricket team and the Pakistan cricket team was scheduled to get underway at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. Martin Guptill was a part of the squad that Pakistan. While New Zealand Cricket did not reveal more details, a media release stated the reason behind their decision.
A release issued by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) stated that the New Zealand cricket team was returning home without playing a single match against the Pakistan cricket team because of security threat. Hence, all players were in the hotel only and then headed to home. It is pertinent to note that New Zealand Cricket had named a ‘B’ squad for the tour of Pakistan as well as the preceding tour of Bangladesh.
Many fans were unhappy in Pakistan and Bangladesh because their home teams were playing against the ‘B’ teams of New Zealand. One of the star players missing in the squad for Bangladesh was Martin Guptill, who was a member of the playing XI of the New Zealand cricket team in the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final.
An unhappy Bangladeshi fan had sent a message to Martin Guptill
A Twitter user had sent the following message to Guptill: “This is not fair. You are my favorite from @BLACKCAPS .But you are avoiding Bangladesh tour because of IPL This is not expected from a icon like you.” Soon, he received the following reply from Guptill, who does not have an IPL contract.
“I’m not sure where you get your information from but I’m not in the IPL.”
I’m not sure where you get your information from but I’m not in the IPL.— Martin Guptill (@Martyguptill) August 11, 2021