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New Zealand's opening batsman Martin Guptill is expecting a tough competition against Pakistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE.
New Zealand will play against Pakistan in their T20 World Cup opener in Sharjah on October 26. Guptill was wary of Pakistan's strength in the slow, low UAE conditions but backed his team to come good.
"They're a tough opponent and in these conditions, it's going to be pretty tough again. We're going to have to be on our A-game and bring it to them and not take a backward step, just like every other game that we play,” said Guptill.
New Zealand called off their limited-overs tour of Pakistan minutes before the opening fixture in Rawalpindi following a security alert from their government.
"I guess it was disappointing for everyone involved. We were all looking forward to playing some cricket and getting a bit of game-time before the World Cup and that wasn't to be,”
“I know Pakistan are really looking forward to having some cricket back in their home country. We're all hoping that there's going to be cricket there again soon,"