EXPLAINED: Why Pakistan Might Not Qualify Directly For T20 World Cup 2026 If They Lose To Canada

If Pakistan manages to lose their game against Canad at New York tonight, then they will be virtually knocked out of the tournament, and will fail to qualify for the Super 8 stage of the tournament. According to the ICC rules, the teams who reach the Super 8 stage will qualify directly for the T20 World Cup 2026.
EXPLAINED: Why Pakistan Might Not Qualify Directly For T20 World Cup 2026 If They Lose To Canada

EXPLAINED: Why Pakistan Might Not Qualify Directly For T20 World Cup 2026 If They Lose To Canada

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pakistan face Canada in the T20 World Cup 2024.
  • They might get knocked out of the tournament if they lose.
  • This means they might not qualify for the T20 World Cup 2026.
Pakistan are all set to take on Canada in their third game of the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Nassau County International Stadium in New York. The Pakistan team are heading into the game under a lot of pressure having lost their first two matches against USA and India. This is a must-win game for them as an unexpected loss might send them out of the tournament. This would also mean that the Men in Green might not directly qualify for the next T20 World Cup that is scheduled to be held in 2026 in India and Sri Lanka
If Pakistan manages to lose their game against Canada at New York tonight, then they will be virtually knocked out of the tournament, and will fail to qualify for the Super 8 stage of the tournament. According to the ICC rules, the teams who reach the Super 8 stage will qualify directly for the T20 World Cup 2026. Hence, if Pakistan fail to make into the Super Eight Stage, they will not gain automatic qualification for the tournament.
They will then need to play the Asia leg of the T20 World Cup 2026 qualifiers, and become one of the top two teams there in order to qualify for the tournament.
However, if India and Sri Lanka both manage to qualify for the Super Eight Stage, then the two spots for qualification will open up, since both the countries are the host nations for the next T20 World Cup. In that case, the teams which will have the best ICC ranking will manage to qualify for the T20 World Cup. Hence Pakistan might not have to play qualifiers at all if they have a good enough ICC ranking.

Why Pakistan Need To Win Against Canada

Pakistan are yet to register a single point on the board in the T20 World Cup 2024 having lost to USA and India. Hence, the Men in Green need to win both their remaining matches to register 6 points on the board, and have a chance to qualify for the Super Eight stage. A loss in any one of their two remaining matches against Canada and Ireland would mean they would be knocked out of the tournament.
However, either USA or India need to lose both their remaining games so that they are level on points with Pakistan, if the Men in Green win two of their remaining games. If both India and USA win of their two remaining games, then Pakistan will get knocked out of the tournament.
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