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The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 is nearing the end of its group stage with the teams to qualify for the Super 8 stage almost certain. India and the USA from Group A, Australia and England from Group B, Afghanistan and West Indies from Group C, and South Africa from Group D have confirmed their qualification while Bangladesh have a high chance to qualify over the Netherlands from Group D.

In this article, we will go through all the big news that took place on Saturday, June 15, but before that, let’s have a look at the T20 World Cup 2024 matches scheduled for the day.

Today’s match preview

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024: Ireland vs Pakistan

Pakistan will play against Ireland in the Group A match of the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill. After getting eliminated from the race to make the Super 8 stage in the tournament, Pakistan will be looking to end their campaign on a high with a win. For Ireland, it’s vital to deliver a better performance in comparison to their earlier ones in the T20 World Cup 2024, to give themselves the best chance to go home with a victory under their belt.

Major cricket events that happened on Friday, June 15

England qualify for Super 8 after 41-run win against Namibia by DLS method

In the rain-affected match between England and Namibia at the  Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua on Saturday, the defending champions clinched the Super 8 berth with a 41-run win against Namibia via the DLS method. Harry Brook was named the Player of the Match for his unbeaten 47 off 20 knock paired up with two catches. Batting first, England placed 122 runs on the board at a loss of 5 wickets in 10 overs while Namibia managed 84 runs at a loss of 3 wickets in 10 overs.

India and Canada Group A clash at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Marcus Stoinis, Travis Head's half-centuries help Australia beat Scotland by 5 wickets

Australia, who already qualified for the Super 8 stage, defeated Scotland by 5 wickets in their last group stage clash to register a perfect record of 4 wins in 4 matches. Scotland placed an 181-run target as Brandon McMullen smashed 60 off 34 while skipper  Richie Berrington scored 42 off 31. In response, Australia lost three players at one-digit scores including David Warner, captain Mitchell Marsh, and out-of-form all-rounder Glenn Maxwell. However, an 80-run partnership for the 4th wicket between Travis Head (68 off 49) and Marcus Stoinis (59 off 29) followed by a 14-ball 24 runs by Tim David helped Australia to win the match with two balls remaining.

Riyan Parag & Venkatesh Iyer to be selected for India Tour of Zimbabwe: Reports

According to sources, Rajasthan Royals batting star Riyan Parag and Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer are set to be selected for Team India's tour of Zimbabwe. This bilateral series, which includes five T20Is, kicks off on Saturday, July 6 at  Harare Sports Club. The venue will be the same for all five matches.  Riyan Parag and  Venkatesh Iyer had a spectacular IPL 2024 where both their teams qualified for the playoffs and Iyer's KKR won their third title.

Pakistan cricket team divided into three groups; captain Babar Azam unable to reunite players: Reports

The Pakistan cricket team has been reportedly divided into three groups, with several senior players unhappy with the captaincy change. The 2009 T20 World Champions got knocked out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 after a poor campaign in the United States of America. The Men in Green recorded an embarrassing Super Over defeat to the debutants in their season opener before another defeat against India. 

Trent Boult confirms ongoing T20 World Cup will be his last for New Zealand

On Friday, June 14, Trent Boult, the New Zealand fast bowler, confirmed that the ongoing T20 World Cup will be the last in his illustrious cricketing career. The 34-year-old announced his decision during a press conference after New Zealand’s nine-wicket win against Uganda in a Group C clash in the T20 World Cup 2024, at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad.

Indian batting coach quashes  disciplinary issue rumours around  Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill, the Indian opening batter, has been rumoured to be released from the travelling reserves squad for the T20 World Cup 2024, due to a disciplinary issue. However, the Indian batting coach, Vikram Rathour, has ended the speculations, stating that the decision to send Gill and Avesh back home after the Super Eight was taken before the tournament began.