Pakistan eliminated from T20 World Cup after USA-Ireland match washed out

The wet outfield due to rain in Lauderhill, Florida, made it impossible for the match to start

By Web Desk
June 14, 2024
Pakistan failed to make it past the T20 World Cup group-stage for the first time since 2016. — ICC

Pakistan are eliminated from the T20 World Cup 2024 after the match between the United States (USA) and Ireland was called off in Lauderhill, Florida, due to rain and wet outfield on Friday. 

Heavy rain including thunderstorms was expected according to weather forecasts but the rain only happened in the morning after which multiple pitch inspections were done by the match umpires. 

There were hopes that the match could be played but the toss was delayed multiple times due to a wet outfield and the match was ultimately called off as the rain started again around 1:30pm local time, right after the fourth inspection, and ended Pakistan's dreams of making it to the Super 8 of the T20 World Cup.

With the match being abandoned without a single ball bowled, both teams were awarded one point each and the USA made their way to the Super 8 of the T20 World Cup as they now have five points and Pakistan can no longer catch them.

India and the USA have qualified from Group A while Pakistan, Ireland and Canada will head home after completing their group matches.

The USA defeated Canada and Pakistan in their first two matches of the World Cup while Pakistan tasted defeat against the hosts and India. The Green Shirts have one more match to play against Ireland but that would be a dead rubber as they are out of the tournament.

In the last two editions, Pakistan made it to the semi-final in 2021 where they lost to Australia while in 2022, despite a poor start, the Green Shirts went all the way to the final but lost to England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Pakistan have played the T20 World Cup semi-final six times — 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2021 and 2022 — the most by any team and this will be their first group-stage exit since 2016 and only third overall.