New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has never led the Black Caps in a major 50-over ICC tournament. Williamson first will be the ICC Champions Trophy which begins on June 1 in England. The 26-year-old batsman, who took over captaincy from Brendon McCullum in 2016, believes that the championship doesn’t allow slip-ups.
“Any time you have those experiences against opponents you are coming up against in similar conditions, it is the same side too, it is only a good thing,” Williamson said. “But you don’t tend to look too much into it in tournaments like this – it is a one-off game and both teams will be playing with freedom and hope it comes off. But there is not much time for slip-ups or conservative cricket.”
The Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman was referrin to a bilateral series between England and New Zealand in which the Kiwis were leading 2-1 in the five-game series but lost 3-2. New Zealand and England have been drawn in the same group with Australia and Bangladesh.
“It is such an interesting tournament because it is such a short tournament,” The former Yorkshire batsman said. “On any given day things can happen that might be out of your control and it can go one way or the other, so we have to hit the ground running. It is a very interesting tournament having played in it before and everyone is a real contender so you need to play with freedom, be prepared to take the game and hope things land in your favour.” He added.
New Zealand will face India in a warm-up match and then play against Australia in their first match of the tournament on June 2 in Edgbaston. The Black Caps will take on England in Cardiff on June 6 before finishing the group stage with a game against Bangladesh on June 9, again in Cardiff.
Many of Kiwis players were part of the Indian Premier League and skipper Williamson believes that it is always useful to be part of the tournamnent.
“The exposure and learning that can be done there, it is a huge tournament so the more the merrier. It is a great competition to be part of and we push for as many players as we can to be involved in the IPL,” Williamson said.
New Zealand best result in ICC Champions Trophy came back in 2000 when they beat India to victory the trophy. New Zealand finished runners-up in 2009 when they lost to Aussies in the final.