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Pakistan in T20 World Cup Limbo: Florida weather threatens qualification

Pakistan’s hopes of advancing to the Super 8 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup face an unexpected setback as inclement weather threatens the upcoming matches in Lauderhill, Florida.

The south Florida city, which hosts three crucial Group A games over the next three days, is currently experiencing a rare flash flood, prompting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency in Broward County, where Lauderhill is located.

Difficult terrain for Pakistan

Pakistan journey in T20 World Cup started on a challenging note with a shock defeat to the host nation USA in their opening match. Their woes continued with a narrow loss to arch-rivals India where they failed to chase down a modest target of 119 runs.

However, Pakistan managed to keep their hopes alive by defeating Canada in their third match to set up a crucial showdown in Lauderhill.

There are critical matches ahead of us

The upcoming matches at Central Broward Park and Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill are crucial for Pakistan’s chances.

  • The schedule includes:
  • USA vs Ireland: June 14 (Friday)
  • India vs. Canada: June 15 (Saturday)
  • Pakistan vs Ireland: June 16 (Sunday)

Recent weather conditions have already caused disruptions. For example, warnings of heavy rain and flooding led to the abandonment of Sri Lanka’s must-win match against Nepal at the same venue, jeopardizing Sri Lanka’s qualification hopes. Pakistan is now facing a similar weather threat.

Lauderhill weather forecast

According to a news release from the City of Lauderhill, a weather system has brought excessive rain to South Florida, with conditions expected to last through Friday.

Crews are working to minimize the effects of flooding, but the forecast remains worrisome. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for all of South Florida through Friday evening.

Impacts on transport and infrastructure

Torrential downpours caused significant disruption in the area. Reports from The Associated Press indicate blocked roads, floating vehicles and delays in local activities.

For example, the Florida Panthers experienced delays en route to Stanley Cup games in Canada due to inclement weather. Major highways such as Interstate 95 in Broward County were affected, with southbound traffic diverted and drainage systems overwhelmed.

Bets for Pakistan

The stakes could not be higher for Pakistan. They are currently ahead of the US in net rate (NRR). Pakistan is at 0.191 while the US is at 0.127. Pakistan can secure their spot in the Super 8 by beating Ireland and hope the USA lose to Ireland.

However, the weather can drastically change this dynamic. If the match between the USA and Ireland is drawn, the USA will automatically qualify with a single point for leaving.

Similarly, if Pakistan’s match against Ireland were also forfeited, Pakistan would only get one point, allowing the USA to advance.

Pack

Pakistan’s fate in the T20 World Cup could indeed lie in the hands of the weather gods in Lauderhill, Florida. With critical matches ahead and unpredictable weather conditions, Pakistan’s journey is full of uncertainties.

As fans and players alike await the result, all eyes will be on the sky and they will be hoping that clear weather will allow matches to continue and decide the fate of the competing teams on the pitch rather than the elements.

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