Shoaib Akhtar's fiery take on Pakistan's T20 World Cup 2024 exit goes viral

Published - 15 Jun 2024, 05:32 PM | Updated - 15 Jun 2024, 05:40 PM

Shoaib Akhtar and Babar Azam
Shoaib Akhtar and Babar Azam. Image Credit: X

The blame game has already begun in Pakistan after the Pakistan cricket team's disappointing exit from the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024, thanks to the early setbacks in the tournament in the USA.

Pakistan’s early exit from the tournament was confirmed after the crucial Group A match between Ireland and Canada was washed out on Friday, June 14, in Florida. They had lost their first Group A games against the USA and India cost them.

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2024 dreams dashed by rain and early setbacks

Well, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan cricket team’s hopes were relying on the outcome of the USA vs IRE clash at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, but the god of weather was against them this time, with even the toss not being possible here on Friday.

This no-result ensured the USA’s qualification for the Super 8 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, simultaneously ending Pakistan’s campaign. The Men in Green will be playing their last match in the tournament on June 16 in Florida before taking a flight back home.

Before this crucial match, it was clear to Pakistan that they needed Ireland to secure a victory against the USA, and subsequently, they had to outsmart the Irish side in their own Group A match on Sunday to qualify for the Super-8 round of the tournament.

Unfortunately for Pakistan, the washout upset their plans, leading to their elimination in the first round of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 with India and the USA making it to the Super 8s of the tournament from Group A.

Shoaib Akhtar's fiery one-liner on Pakistan goes viral

Meanwhile, amidst the intense criticism and finger-pointing, former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar delivered a roasting one-line reaction to Pakistan's early exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, summing up the frustration and disappointment surrounding the team's overwhelming performance.

However, Akhtar decided to avoid indulging in detailed critiques of Pakistan’s inconsistent performances and lackluster strategies in the tournament. The former Pakistani has consistently been one of the most vocal critics of the team, often delivering his analysis with a fiery and precise edge, but this time he surprised one and all with his one-line take on Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2024 exit.

Shoaib Akhtar posted on X: “Pakistan’s World Cup journey is over.”

Notably, Pakistan’s early exit was a significant setback for them, as they have historically been a strong contender in global tournaments. As the dust settles on Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2024 journey, the focus will shift towards introspection and rebuilding, fueling discussions on the changes in the team structure and management for better performance in the future.

After the bitter taste of early elimination, the Pakistan team management and players will need to address the gaps and strategize effectively to regain their status in international cricket. However, many former cricketers called for drastic changes in the national set-up and revamped the team after their embarrassing campaign in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

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