As of writing this, the T20 World Cup 2024 Group Stage match between the host United States of America (USA) and Ireland is under threat from rain. Toss has been delayed extensively and any hope of the match happening is demishing now.

More than the USA or Irleand fans, it is the Pakistan cricket team fans who are most interested about this match. Pakistan’s future in the T20 World Cup 2024 hangs on this match. Pakistan need Ireland to beat USA to have any chance of making it to the Super 8s.

Pakistan dropped points in their first two matches to the USA and India. The Babar Azam led side managed to finally secure a win against Canada, gaining 2 points in the competition so far. However, their path to the Super 8 stage remains precarious. Even a washout in the USA vs Ireland match on Friday will eliminate Pakistan from the tournament.

If the USA vs Ireland match is washed out, both teams will receive 1 point each, which would bring the USA to 5 points and ensure their advancement to the Super 8s alongside India from Group A. Pakistan’s hopes rest on the match proceeding without interruption and Ireland defeating the USA. This outcome would leave Pakistan with a chance to qualify if they can also defeat Ireland in their match against the European side.

Moreover, if Pakistan’s own match against Ireland is washed out, resulting in just 1 point for Pakistan, the USA would automatically qualify. The weather forecast for Lauderhill, where both the USA vs Ireland and Pakistan vs Ireland matches are scheduled, is not promising for Pakistan. The National Weather Service has placed all of South Florida under a Flood Watch through Friday evening, threatening the potential washout of both crucial matches, including the match where India takes on Canada on June 15.

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