Cricket fraternity react after Pakistan's disappointing T20 World Cup campaign

Pakistan's final group fixture is against Ireland on June 16 in Florida

Cricket fraternity react after Pakistan's disappointing T20 World Cup campaign PHOTO: AFP

The cricket fraternity has reacted with a range of emotions following Pakistan's disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup 2024, which resulted in their elimination from the tournament.

Due to heavy rain at Lauderhill in Florida, no cricket match took place, leading to both the USA and Ireland receiving one point each. This result propelled the USA to the Super Eight stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup from Group A, marking a significant milestone as it is their first World Cup appearance. They join India as the top two teams from their group.

With this outcome, all qualification scenarios in Group A were settled: Ireland’s chances of progressing to the Super Eight ended, while Pakistan also exited the tournament at the group stage.

The cricket fraternity took to the social media platform 'X' to share their opinions following the elimination of the 2009 T20 World Cup-winning team from the current mega-event tournament.

“The deserving team is through to the Super 8 round. If you're depending on Ireland to defeat someone, you seriously don't deserve to qualify. Don't think even "Kudrat Ka Nizam" works for those who are not deserving or ready to improve. All eyes on PCB chairman now!” Shehzad posted.

“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.

"It is really very disappointing and sad that Pakistan team could not reach to 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," Kamran Akmal posted.

"Pakistan's World Cup journey is over," Akhtar posted.

Former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez highlighted the underlying issues within Pakistan cricket, tweeting, "Dilemma of Pakistan cricket * Higher officials take credits, not responsibility*."

In a more light-hearted yet poignant reaction, the former captain in another tweet stated, "Qurbani Kay Janwar Hazir Hon… 🐐 🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐…"

"USA Cricket team into the Super 8. Stories like this are what World Cups are about. That's what associate nations can do if given enough opportunity," Bishop posted.

"PAK crash out as USA make it to the Super 8s in a dramatic #t20WorldCup twist," Chopra posted.

"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 USA," Wasim Jaffar posted.

"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," Saqlain Mushtaq posted.

"A lot of the narrative today will be around the exit of Pakistan from the #ICCMensT20WorldCup. None of us saw that coming. But an even bigger story is USA qualifying for the next round. It is one of the biggest events in recent times and I hope they can use Afghanistan as a role model and move up through the ranks. I will be following them closely in the Caribbean," Bhogle posted.

It is worth noting that the Men in Green suffered defeats in their initial two ongoing tournament matches, against co-hosts USA and arch-rivals India. Nonetheless, they secured a victory against Canada in their subsequent match. Their upcoming final group fixture is against Ireland on June 16 in Florida.