The Pakistan Shaheens will face Australian Capitol Territory (ACT) in the Top End T20 Series at the DXC Arena in Darwin today (Tuesday) at 1800 local time. The matches will be live-streamed on Tapmad within Pakistan (infographic attached).
In their opening match, the Team Green suffered a defeat as Northern Territory Strike won by 59 runs. Northern Territory Strike scored 185 for five in 20 overs. Shaheens’ spinners, Aaliyan Mahmood and Arafat Minhas, took two wickets each.
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Efforts of Pakistani team
Shaheens faced a shaky start, losing two wickets in the first two balls of their innings to right-arm fast bowler Tom Menzies. Captain Rohail Nazir and opener Shamyl Hussain had a 49-run partnership before Shamyl departed for 26 runs.
Despite efforts from Rohail (41) and Mohammad Irfan Khan (20) with the bat, Shaheens were bundled out for 126 in 18.4 overs, with Northern Territory Strike’s Jack Wood and Menzies taking four wickets each.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed the dates for the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled from June 4 to 30. The tournament will be jointly hosted by the West Indies and America, with ten venues shortlisted in both regions.
The decision to have the USA as a co-host was strategic, driven by the ICC’s recognition of the North American market’s potential for cricket’s growth and their aspiration to include cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games (LA28).
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Sources also mentioned that the top two teams from the Super 8 stage will qualify for the semi-finals. This T20 World Cup will be the first of eight men’s global events in the ICC’s commercial cycle from 2024 to 2031.