ICC Men's T20 World Cup promotional poster with players. ICC Men's T20 World Cup promotional poster with players.

Weekly Cricket Roundups: From Pak vs Eng To The Official Beginning of ICC T20 World Cup

The last week, from 27th May 2024 to 2nd June 2024, served as a period of immense excitement and thrill for the cricket fans globally as each ticking second brought them closer to yet another exhilarating edition of the T20 World Cup. Moreover, this week also featured the last 2 T20s in the 4-match series between the former T20 World Cup finalists, Pakistan and England. The last encounter between South Africa and West Indies also took place this previous week. 

Pak Vs Eng T20 Series

The third T20 encounter between the two teams was held on 28th May, Thursday. This match, although highly awaited, was washed away by heavy rains and hence, abandoned without a single ball bowled. This unexpected turn of events proved to be rather disadvantageous for Pakistan as the chances of winning this bilateral series were snatched away from them.

The last match of this bilateral T20 series was held on 30th May, Thursday at Kennington Oval, London. The English team secured a comprehensive win over Pakistan by 7 wickets. Phil Salt and Jos Butler provided a fiery start to the team’s chase and achieved the target of 158 runs in the 16th over. England won this series by 2-0, with two matches completely washed over by rain.

SA vs WI T20 Series

The last clash of the 2-match series between South Africa and West Indies was played on 27th May, Monday. West Indies completely demolished the South African bowling lineup and achieved a commanding win by 8 wickets and 37 remaining balls. Victory in this match meant that the young West Indian team had just white washed South Africa in a T20 series, just a mere week before the World Cup. 

Official Start of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

The 9th edition of the T20 World Cup was kickstarted in the West Indies and United States of America on 2nd June 2024. Two opening matches were played in these two venues, with USA competing against Canada and West Indies taking over the Papua New Guinea challenge. Both of the encounters were preceded by the official opening ceremony of this prestigious tournament, which has over 20 teams participating for the 1st time. The hosts, USA and West Indies were able to score their first 2 points by clinical victories over their opponents.