USA into the Super Eight

Team United States’ cricketers walk in to field before an ICC World Cup T20 cricket match between the United States and Ireland at the Central Broward regional Park Stadium, Fort Lauderhill, Florida, June 14, 2024.
AP Photo / Lynne Sladky

Tournament co-hosts United States made history when they became the sixth team to qualify for the Super Eight quarterfinals of the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup after the rain forced a no-result against Ireland.

The two teams were set to play their Group A match at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.

It was the final group match for the Americans, and the result meant that the one point they secured pushed them to five and they joined India from the group in reaching the next stage of the tournament, eliminating the Irish, Canada, and Pakistan.

The United States and the Indians have so far qualified for the Super Eight, which starts next Wednesday, along with Group A leaders and double crown world champions Australia, Group C Afghanistan, Group D leaders South Africa, and Group C leaders West Indies.

In addition to reaching the Super Eight, an extraordinary achievement for a side ranked 18th in the world, playing in their first World Cup, the Americans have also qualified for the next T20 World Cup in two years.

The next edition will also have 20 teams with 12 automatic qualifiers, including the two co-hosts, that is the Indians, and Sri Lanka, who will bow out of this year’s tournament.

The other seven teams in the Super Eight from this year’s tournament, and the three highest-ranked teams outside of them on the T20I World rankings on June 30 this year will also directly qualify, while the remaining eight spots will be decided through a series of regional qualifiers that started this past week in Italy.