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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Former Cricketers React as Pakistan Knocked Out of T20 World Cup 2024

Alongside Pakistan, Ireland was also eliminated from advancing to the Super 8s.

Former champions Pakistan were knocked out of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 after a crucial match between co-hosts USA and Ireland was washed out in Florida yesterday.

The USA, participating in their first-ever T20 World Cup, advanced to the Super 8 stage by sharing points with Ireland due to the washout.

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Alongside Pakistan, Ireland was also eliminated from advancing to the Super 8s.

The USA finished the group stage with five points in four matches, whereas Pakistan could only achieve a maximum of four points if they win their final group fixture against Ireland on June 16.

Pakistan’s early exit from the 20-team tournament shocked the world, sparking reactions on social media from cricketers and analysts globally.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan took to his official X (formerly Twitter) account to share his thoughts on the USA’s qualification and Pakistan’s elimination.

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“USA through to the Super 8s … Cricket is going to catch on in the States… !! Pakistan are out … at the moment they are a long way off being a good white-ball side,” Vaughan posted.

Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq expressed his disappointment over the Green Shirts’ performance.

“It’s very saddening, heartbreaking, and embarrassing to watch Pakistan Team exit from the super 8 of the T20 World Cup tournament. I really believe that we need to put Pakistan first before we take any actions and decisions and we should all reflect on each mistake we made, as individuals and collectively,” Mushtaq posted.

On the other hand, former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer opined that Pakistan’s exit from the tournament was due to their own shortcomings, not because of rain in Florida.

“Contrary to popular belief, Pakistan didn’t get knocked out because USA v IRE got rained off. They got knocked out because Pakistan lost to the USA,” Jaffer posted.

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal remarked that the Green Shirts’ below-average performance led to their elimination.

“It is really very disappointing and sad that Pakistan team could not reach the Super Eight, but it is also a bitter fact that Pakistan team played below the average cricket. Now it’s time to rectify the problems,” Akmal posted.

Pakistan had a disastrous start to their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign, suffering a shocking defeat to the USA in a Super Over. They then faced a frustrating six-run defeat against arch-rivals India at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on June 9.

The former champions finally secured a victory with a hard-fought seven-wicket win over Canada, who lost all three matches they played.

Pakistan Squad for T20 World Cup 2024: Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan.