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With just two matches remaining in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 ahead of the beginning of the Super 8 stage, teams are gearing up for the next stage. India and the USA from Group A, Australia and England from Group B, Afghanistan and West Indies from Group C, and South Africa and Bangladesh from Group D have confirmed their qualification for the Super 8 stage.

In this article, we will go through all the big news that took place on Sunday, June 16, 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 Sunday , June 16

Shaheen Afridi shines as Pakistan clinch close win against Ireland

Pakistan, who were already out of the T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 contention, managed a nervy win against Ireland on Sunday in Lauderhill. Pakistan restricted Ireland to 106 runs at a loss of 9 wickets as Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasim picked up three wickets followed by Mohammad Amir's two. During the chase, the Men in Green started off well but lost 6 wickets in 11 overs at 62 runs. However, skipper Babar Azam held the crease from one side, and Abbas Afridi and Shaheen Afridi helped to chase the target in 19 overs.

Debutant Asha Sobhana’s 4-21, Mandhana's century help India beat South Africa by 143 runs

After opener Smriti Mandhana's 6th career hundred and second against South Africa, Indian leg-spinner Asha Sobhana, who made her debut, picked four crucial wickets in the first ODI to restrict South Africa to just 122 and wrap the game in 37.4 overs. India hosted South Africa in the first ODI fixture of the multi-series tour on Sunday, June 16, at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.  The Indian women put on a decent target of 266 runs for their rivals, which the Proteas women failed to chase miserably.

Gautam Gambhir to become India’s new head coach by end of June; to pick his own support staff: Reports

Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian opener, is reportedly set to become the new head coach of the national team by the end of June month, picking his own support staff members. The 42-year-old is expected to replace Rahul Dravid, who is going to vacant the Indian head coach role after his final assignment in the T20 World Cup 2024.  As per the report from Dainik Jagran, Gautam Gambhir, and the BCCI have already discussed the date of announcing his appointment as the new Indian head coach, as revealed by the BCCI source.

David Wiese retires from international cricket after Namibia's loss to England in T20 World Cup 2024

David Wiese, the Namibian all-rounder, said that he is retiring from international cricket in a press conference after his team bowed out of the T20 World Cup 2024 after losing to England in a Group B clash. The 39-year-old stated that to possibly play his last game for Namibia in the T20 World Cup versus England just seems right.

Michael Vaughan trolls Pakistan journalist after England beat Namibia

The defending champions, England, defeated Namibia by 41 runs at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda and clinched the Super 8 berth in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024. Following the massive win, former England skipper Michael Vaughan trolled a Pakistani journalist over his "karma" remark when the chances of the match getting abandoned due to rain were high.

Rishabh Pant pledges to donate YouTube channel earnings to “good cause”

Rishabh Pant, the Indian wicket-keeper batter, who is currently a part of the national team, playing the T20 World Cup 2024, received a “Silver Creator Award” from YouTube for reaching 100k subscribers on his channel recently. To mark the milestone, the 26-year-old pledged to donate the earnings from YouTube, combined with his personal contribution to a “good cause.”