T20 World Cup 2024: Can teams like Pakistan, England, New Zealand make it to Super 8? Here's the qualification scenario

    Oman and Namibia are currently the teams across all groups to be eliminated from contention for a Super 8 spot while South Africa and Australia have qualified.

    Pakistan, England, New Zealand

    Pakistan, England, New Zealand

    With the first leg of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 almost done and teams looking to book their spot in the Super 8 of the tournament, it has come as a shock that many of the top teams are struggling and relying on other game results to go their way.

    Teams namely Pakistan, England, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka find themselves in dire situations, with three of them needing assistance from other teams to progress. Oman and Namibia are currently the only teams across all four groups that have been eliminated from contention for a Super 8 spot while South Africa and Australia became the teams to qualify for the top 8.

    Here's how things stand for different teams:


    As part of Group A, everyone expected India and Pakistan to advance with ease, given the other teams are Ireland, co-host USA, and Canada. However, the Men in Green faced a shocking defeat against the United States and later to their arch-rivals India. Pakistan finally got a win under their belt by defeating Canada. 

    With their Net Run Rate (NRR) now at 0.191, they're close to the qualification line if they defeat Ireland and if the United States lose their remaining two matches. However, the weather poses a challenge, as there is a forecast of rain during their match against Ireland in Lauderhill throughout the week.


    In Group B, teams like Australia, England, Scotland, Namibia, and Oman were placed together. Similar to Group A, it was widely believed that the teams that played the Ashes would advance. While Australia sits comfortably at the top, England faces a situation similar to Pakistan.

    The English side will have to win their final two matches and also rely on Scotland losing their last game against Australia on June 15. However, England faces a bigger challenge due to their lower NRR compared to Scotland's. They, too, will be hoping for clear weather to win points, as another washout could lead to their elimination.

    New Zealand: 

    Placed in Group C alongside Afghanistan, West Indies, Uganda, and Papua New Guinea, no one expected to see the Kiwis at the bottom of the points table. They suffered a stunning 84-run loss to Afghanistan, which significantly dented their chances of qualifying. Afghanistan won both of their matches, while the Windies also faced a similar storyline.

    The Blackcaps will now face a crucial match against the co-hosts, which is essentially a must-win game. If New Zealand loses, West Indies will advance with six points, and Afghanistan will likely follow suit if they defeat PNG. The remaining matches for New Zealand, which are scheduled for Saturday and Monday against Uganda and PNG, will mean nothing in such a scenario.

    Sri Lanka: 

    In Group D, alongside South Africa, Bangladesh, Netherlands, and Nepal, the Sri Lankans did not expect to find themselves at the bottom of the points table, with a very slim chance of qualifying. They will have to defeat the Netherlands by a huge margin and also rely on other results to go in their favour.

    They will need the Dutch vs Bangladesh match to be washed out, followed by Bangladesh losing to Nepal, who should then lose to South Africa. This sequence would result in a four-way tie between Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands, which will be based on the NRR.