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Ex-PAK captain urges ICC to shift Group A matches from Florida as Babar Azam & Co. faces early elimination

Ex-PAK captain urges ICC to shift Group A matches from Florida as Babar Azam & Co. faces early elimination

The Pakistan team have no one but only themselves to blame after they received drubbing from USA and India in their first two T20 World Cup 2024 games.

Pakistan team faces a double whammy in their quest for a Super Eight spot in the ongoing World Cup 2024. They desperately need luck to go in their way but things look bleak for the Men in Green. Pakistan not only need to win their last game but also want USA to lose against Ireland.

However, Ireland will play both USA and Pakistan at the venue, which is under the threat of washout due to heavy rain. Owing to this, former captain Azhar Ali has urged the ICC to shift matches in Florida due to severe flood warning.

ICC under fire for venue selection!

Azhar Ali expressed his concerns on a local news channel, highlighting the logistical challenges posed by the weather conditions. He emphasized the need for the ICC to take swift action, considering the potential impact on multiple matches and putting a question mark on Pakistan’s prospects of qualifying.

Viewing the circumstances in Florida, it is looking like the matches won’t take place. ICC must take action, knowing many matches will get affected and shift to another venue,” Ali said. “Even if two matches take place at a single venue. I am sure the teams involved would have contacted ICC, asking to shift the games.” “ICC need to take quick action and I am sure logistically, it would not be difficult. There will be questions on ICC if no matches take place in Florida. Already, there are questions on the pitch standards in New York,” he maintained.

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This request comes on the heels of criticism directed towards the ICC for the poor pitch quality at the New York venue used in the earlier stages of the tournament. Ali pointed out that the governing body is already facing scrutiny, and a washout in Florida would further raise questions about their decision-making.

Will PAK’s World Cup journey end in Florida?

The weather forecast for Lauderhill, Florida, where Pakistan plays their crucial match against Ireland on Sunday, June 16, paints a worrisome picture. Throughout the day, the temperature is expected to hover around 27-28°C, with a consistent chance of rain ranging from 61% to 70%.

The outcome of today’s match between USA and Ireland holds significant weight for Pakistan’s qualification as well. A washout would result in both teams sharing points, eliminating Pakistan from contention as the USA would progress to the Super Eight. With Pakistan’s World Cup hopes hanging in the balance, all eyes will be on the skies in Florida and the ICC’s response to the unprecedented weather situation.


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