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‘Obviously, a real shame’; Kane Williamson stresses over New Zealand’s abrupt withdrawal

New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson stressing over team’s last-minute withdrawal said he hopes that Pakistan would not have a lasting effect on the sport—terming it ‘a real shame’.

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‘Obviously, a real shame’; Kane Williamson stresses over New Zealand’s abrupt withdrawal
‘Obviously, a real shame’; Kane Williamson stresses over New Zealand’s abrupt withdrawal

New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson stressing over team’s last-minute withdrawal said he hopes that Pakistan would not have a lasting effect on the sport—terming it ‘a real shame’.

Although Williamson did not participate in the series and leading the Hyderabad Sunrisers in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he still has been following developments.

While giving an interview to a website, the Kiwis captain said, “I don’t know the details of yesterday. It was a sudden call”.

“But obviously, it was a real shame,” he stressed.

He further added that cricket in Pakistan is an amazing thing and it is well supported.

“There is so much enthusiasm there. I think these people will be frustrated because they didn’t start and participate in the entire series. But I’m not sure about the details, because I’m participating in the IPL in Dubai. In the next few days, I’ll find out more about it,” Williamson said.

“Of course I hope not. You want to play in all countries. This is an international competition, and the whole world is passionate about it, especially in Pakistan. It’s really exciting to see this series back there, I know our team is looking forward to it. Player safety is the most important thing. When you hear the message from the government, it must be the top priority for the players,” Williamson said.

Kane further added, “They are obviously over there, ready to go to the ground. This is a sudden occurrence. I certainly hope that it will not have a lasting impact, because it is a special place for cricket, and seeing cricket return to Pakistan and A lot of progress has been made to play safely there. We have seen this happen many times, so hope that there will be more cricket there”.

As per details, a few minutes before the first One Day Internationals (ODI) on Friday, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) decided to abandon the limited tour after receiving a security alert from the their government.

NZC stated that the safety of players is the most important, and many people believe that its decision may affect international teams that intend to travel to Pakistan in the future.

It is pertinent to mention here that this is the third time the International Touring Team has left Pakistan, worrying about its safety.

In 2002, a bomb exploded outside the Blackcaps team hotel. The players were not injured, but the explosion killed at least 12—forcing the team to leave the country immediately.

In 2009, the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in Lahore while heading to the Gaddafi Stadium to participate in the third day of the second test. Following the attack six members of Sri Lanka team sustained injuries while six policemen and two civilians were killed.

For a decade, international teams have refused to travel to Pakistan, forcing the country’s cricket team to host a bilateral series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

However, in the past few years, international teams including South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have all toured Pakistan, and even the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) was conducted domestically with the participation of overseas players.

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As fourth wave continues, Pakistan reports over 1000 cases, 27 deaths

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

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As fourth wave continues, Pakistan reports over 1000 cases, 27 deaths

Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

The total number of cases has reached 1,262,771.

As many as 1,194,590 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,132 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,316 in the province with 12,821 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,746 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,520.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,501 in the province with 5,673 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,108 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,380 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,363 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,357 cases in the capital city while 936 people have lost their lives. 

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Marvel’s Eternals soundtrack to feature ‘Friends’ by BTS 

The full soundtrack from the upcoming Marvel film Eternals was recently unveiled.

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Marvel’s Eternals soundtrack to feature ‘Friends’ by BTS 

Seoul: Friends, a song produced by BTS’ Jimin and V is reportedly being featured in the latest installment of Marvel Film "The Eternals" directed by Chloe Zhao. The song was produced by band member Jimin.

The full soundtrack from the upcoming Marvel film Eternals was recently unveiled. Apparently, the information came from a document that Disney released.

The news got confirmed when Marvel News shared a list of songs included in the soundtrack for Eternals. 

Beside Friends, the included songs are Celine Sharma’s Nach Mera Hero, Juice by Lizzo, and Time by Pink Floyd. 

Fans became excited and took it to Twitter as 'PRODUCER JIMIN,' and 'VMIN' started to take over internet trends in multiple countries.

Written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternals has a huge ensemble cast— featuring Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani and others.

The upcoming film is confirmed to be set partially in the past and in the future. 

The Marvel franchise is set to hit cinemas on November 5, 2021.  

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17 more succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan, toll at 28,269

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

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17 more succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan, toll at 28,269

Islamabad: The novel coronavirus claimed 17 more lives in Pakistan during the previous 24 hours, raising the death toll to 28,269.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 720 cases of coronavirus were reported while 17 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,269.

The total number of cases has reached 1,262,771.

As many as 1,194,590 patients have recovered from the disease with 1,958 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,316 in the province with 12,821 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,746 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,520.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,501 in the province with 5,673 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,108 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,380 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,363 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,357 cases in the capital city while 936 people have lost their lives.

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