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The ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 is nearing its penultimate stage with only five matches to the semifinals. While Australia and India are favourites to reach the semifinals from Super 8 Group 1, the battle between former champions England, West Indies and South Africa is on as two from the Group 2 will head into the semifinals.

In this article, we will go through all the big news that took place on Saturday, June 22, but before that, let’s have a look at all the matches scheduled for the day.

Today’s match preview

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8: USA vs England

In the Super 8 Group 2 match of the T20 World Cup 2024, the USA will play against England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. After losing their first two matches in the Super 8 stage, the USA cricket team are virtually out of the race to make the semifinals, but they will be looking to make the best use of playing against the English on the grand stage for the first-time. Meanwhile, for England, it is vital to not only defeat the USA, but also win by a big margin, to give themselves the best chance to reach the T20 World Cup 2024 semifinal.

3rd ODI: India Women vs South Africa Women

India Women will play against South Africa Women in the third and final. However, the Women in Blue have already clinched the ODI series, winning the first two matches by 143 and 4 runs respectively. Although the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side will aim to register a clean sweep, but the Proteas Women, on the other hand will eye for a consolation win.  

Major cricket events that happened on Friday, June 22

Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav help India beat Bangladesh by 50 runs

Team India cruised through against Bangladesh with a 50-run victory and stayed on the top of Group A in the Super 8 stage of the T20 World Cup 2024. Batting first, India posted 196 runs thanks to Hardik Pandya's 50. Then with the ball, Kuldeep Yadav picked up 3-19 to restrict Bangladesh to 146-8 and seal the win.

Kyle Mayers to replace injured Brandon King in West Indies squad

After suffering a side strain during West Indies' loss to England in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 clash on Wednesday, June 19, West Indies opener Brandon King has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament. The World Cup co-hosts have named Kyle Mayers as the replacement for King in their squad.

Md Shami to return in home Test series against Bangladesh: Reports 

Mohammed Shami is likely to return in the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh. As per a report by News18, Shami has resumed bowling at NCA, Bengaluru. A source close to Shami also confirmed that he will be back in action very soon, adding, “No doubt he will be back in India colours very soon."

Babar Azam to take legal action against former players: Reports

Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, is reportedly considering the option of taking legal action against YouTubers and former cricketers, who accused him of misconduct during the T20 World Cup 2024. As per the recent development, the legal department of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is collecting evidence to pursue legal action in due course.

Ravi Shastri shares witty post after luggage mishap during T20WC'24

Former Indian cricketer turned commentator, Ravi Shastri took to social media to inform about his misplaced luggage. The 62-year-old, who was last seen commentating during Afghanistan vs India clash in Barbados took a humorous dig while imparting the information. “Feeling like a drug lord at breakfast in this beautiful outfit here in Antigua, even though my luggage is still on another island. 😄!” he wrote.

WATCH: Pakistan Parliamentarian mocks Babar Azam after T20WC debacle

Following a shocking T20 World Cup 2024 campaign for the national team earlier this month, Abdul Qadir Patel, the Pakistan Parliament member, mocked the captain Babar Azam for his side’s early exit from the tournament. The 55-year-old lamented Pakistan’s losses before hilariously suggesting Babar Azam throw a party, to claim that a conspiracy is going on against him.