ICC Men's T20 WC'24: USA Advances, Ireland Match Abandonment Sidelines Pak


ICC Men's T20 WC'24: USA Advances, Ireland Match Abandonment Sidelines Pak
The United States made history by advancing to the Super Eight stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 after their Group A match against Ireland was abandoned due to a wet outfield from overnight rain in Lauderhill, Florida. This guarantees the USA a second-place finish in Group A, ahead of Pakistan, Canada, and Ireland, thereby eliminating former champions Pakistan in the group stage.
Not a ball was bowled at a damp Lauderhill in Florida and T20 World Cup co-hosts USA shared the points with Ireland. A wet outfield delayed the toss in Florida, and, after several inspections and the best efforts of the local ground staff, the game was abandoned. The washout ended any qualification permutations in Group A, with Ireland’s hopes of reaching the Super Eight coming to an end and Pakistan also confirmed as exiting the tournament at the group stage.
A USA defeat to Ireland in this fixture would have handed Pakistan the chance to leapfrog into the top two when they face Ireland in Lauderhill on Sunday. But the American side now has an unassailable five points, having beaten Canada and Pakistan earlier in the tournament, meaning that they become the sixth team to qualify for the Super Eight stage of the tournament.
The USA is not only hosting the event for the first time but also participating in its maiden T20 World Cup. They began the tournament with a victory over Canada and then caused the biggest upset by defeating Pakistan. Although the USA lost to 2007 winners India, who have won all three of their matches so far, this loss gave some hope to Pakistan, who have only one win in three matches after losing to their archrivals. However, the one point from Friday's abandoned match secured the USA's path to the Super Eights and significantly boosted the ICC's efforts to promote cricket in the country.
Source: IANS