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Shoaib Akhtar England vs New Zealand T20 World Cup 2021

Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar has backed New Zealand to beat England within the first semi-final of the continued T20 World Cup 2021. The 46-year-old feels that Kane Williamson’s facet will likely be in search of revenge in opposition to the Three Lions and will upset them as we speak.

The final time these two sides met at an ICC occasion was within the remaining of the ODI World Cup in 2019. Although the match and the concurrent Tremendous Over resulted in a draw, the Eoin Morgan-led facet have been topped champions on their boundary rely.

Whereas previewing the high-octane encounter, Shoaib Akhtar posted a video on his official YouTube channel and prolonged his assist to the Kiwi unit. You’ll be able to watch his video beneath:

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The previous Pakistani veteran feels New Zealand can upset the English facet as we speak. Whereas mentioning that the Black Caps will likely be desirous to erase the ‘dangerous reminiscence’ of the 50-over World Cup remaining of 2019, Akhtar stated:

“Right this moment is the possibility for New Zealand to settle the rating and take revenge in opposition to England. If you happen to ask me, if I need New Zealand to win within the semi-final. And that is the staff that may upset England. This Kiwi staff will likely be harm and need to erase that dangerous reminiscence in opposition to this Eoin Morgan’s facet.”

The 46-year-old additionally warned England to be cautious of the New Zealand problem and opined {that a} dangerous day can hang-out the previous. Whereas tagging the Kiwis because the favorites, Akhtar talked about:

“Sure, England have Buttler, Bairstow, Morgan, Malan, Livingston and others. But when there is a staff who can beat this facet… it is New Zealand. The regulation of averages says {that a} dangerous day at all times haunts a staff and England may expertise that day as we speak. Let’s have a look at that, however in case you ask me New Zealand seems to be to be the favorites.”

England and New Zealand have confronted one another in 21 T20Is, with the present world champions main the head-to-head 21-7 with one match ending in a tie. Within the final 5 matches between the 2 groups, England have gained three.


We have now anger in opposition to New Zealand however they deserve one other probability to be within the finals: Shoaib Akhtar

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The previous cricketer-turned-expert additionally stated that many in Pakistan are nonetheless indignant about New Zealand for canceling their tour to Pakistan in September this yr. Nonetheless, Akhtar additionally recalled the Kiwis’ misfortunes of at all times discovering themselves within the knockout phases however by no means profitable a serious ICC occasion.

The New Zealand cricket staff deserted their white-ball tour to Pakistan earlier this yr, citing a safety menace, which the host board asserted didn’t exist. The transfer left a bitter style within the mouths of all Pakistani cricket followers and the PCB.

Talking concerning the cancelation of the tour, Akhtar stated:

“Sure, we (Pakistan) have that anger in opposition to New Zealand due to canceling their tour with us. After that, we beat them and settled the rating in opposition to them. However they’re the one staff who at all times carry dangerous luck and attain semi-finals and finals however by no means cross the border line. So someplace I really feel that New Zealand deserves one other probability in entering into the finals.”



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