Colin Munro opens up about Black Caps’ T20 World Cup omission before Big Bash returns

Colin Munro is back with the Perth Scorchers for the Big Bash League.

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Colin Munro is back with the Perth Scorchers for the Big Bash League.

Perth Scorchers’ six-striking star Colin Munro could potentially have been the difference for New Zealand at the Twenty20 World Cup.

Instead, Munro was limited to Sky TV expertise, in the lockdown in Auckland, and a sense that he had been led to international retirement because he played the Big Bash League in front of domestic cricket at home.

Munro, who is set to join Mitch Marsh as part of Perth’s strong top order, insists he has made peace with the series of events that led to his rejection of the Black Caps’ brave World Cup campaign that culminated in a final loss to Australia.

But with the fourth-highest overall T20I strike rate among those who have encountered more than a few balls, it would be easy to understand if there was persistent bitterness.

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Especially in light of the conflicting fate of compatriot and World Cup pace man Adam Milne, who also opted out of the domestic contract to play BBL a year ago.

“That’s the question I asked. Because I was told ‘you made the choice to move to Big Bash’ and I took it on the chin because it was the best decision for me and my family,” he said. Munro.

“I asked about Milney, he gave up his contract.

“And I was kind of told that it’s comparing apples and oranges. So I just let it go.

Colin Munro says his T20 World Cup omission was not adequately explained.

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Colin Munro says his T20 World Cup omission was not adequately explained.

“At the time, I was honestly very disappointed … (over) the communication about why I was not selected, rather than ‘guys have gone before you’. I can not really see how it was with my international record.”

Munro, Martin Guptill’s long-term opening partner ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic, said it was difficult to see an interim opener play for New Zealand at the tournament.

“But give him credit, Daryl Mitchell hit really well,” he said.

“I’m heading towards the back end of my career, I can not be too bitter.

Colin Munro was once ranked as the world No. 1 T20I batman.

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Colin Munro was once ranked as the world No. 1 T20I batman.

“My numbers are really, really good. But it’s not always about the numbers, I also think I have fit in really well with the team, offering a little bit of leadership.

“I would like to think I’ve grown up a bit … that chapter is probably closed and I’m so lucky that there are some leagues around the world that I can still play in and be looked after pretty well. . “

Munro struck at the first drop in 2020-21, as the Scorchers suffered a staggering SCG final loss to the Sydney Sixers, but are ready to slide up or down the order to accommodate Marsh’s rise to No. 3.

The Scorchers open their BBL campaign against the Brisbane Heat next Wednesday.

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