Veteran New Zealand opener Martin Guptill expressed his disappointment at his team’s abrupt withdrawal from the tour of Pakistan last month. The New Zealand players wanted the tour against Pakistan ahead of the T20 World Cup to help them prepare. But soon before the start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi, New Zealand canceled the tour citing security concerns.
Soon after the tour was cancelled, Pakistan’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said a threatening mail about Guptill had been sent to his wife Laura McGoldrick before the tour began. But Guptill said he was not worried about the death threats before the tour.
Guptill said in a virtual media conference, “I think whoever was involved in this decision was very disappointed by it. We wanted to prepare before the World Cup by playing some cricket but it didn’t happen. I know that Pakistan is trying to organize cricket on its soil. We are all hoping that cricket will start again there soon.
Guptill said, “It is not good for the family to be threatened. Laura didn’t really tell me what was in the email, so I didn’t know what was going on. As I said, we have sent it to the appropriate authorities.” Guptill was on his way back during the Pakistan tour who was rested during the pre-series in Bangladesh.