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Pakistan and Ireland await a damp finish in Florida

Pakistan and Ireland face a meaningless match in Lauderhill, Florida, under heavy rain conditions, having already been eliminated from the T20 World Cup. Sunday’s fixture holds no bearing on the current tournament standings or the prospects for qualifying in 2026.

For Pakistan, the match prolongs their stay in America amid mounting criticism back home following defeats to the USA and India. PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi faces pressure to overhaul the team, with upcoming changes likely including a review of central contracts. While Pakistan’s performance cannot alter public sentiment, another loss would further dampen spirits.

Meanwhile, Ireland also exits the tournament disappointed after promising victories over Pakistan and in a T20 tri-nation series. Their campaign faltered early with a challenging match in New York against India and a defeat to Canada. Despite theoretical qualification hopes prior to their washed-out match against the hosts, Ireland now seeks a positive conclusion to their American journey.

Form Guide:
Pakistan: WLLLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Ireland: LLWWW

Player Focus:

Imad Wasim is likely playing his final international match, returning controversially but failing to meet expectations. His bowling has been steady, but his batting contributions, particularly highlighted during Pakistan’s loss to India, have been underwhelming. Despite his earlier statements, Wasim now aims for a memorable farewell in an otherwise disappointing campaign.

Lorcan Tucker, after strong performances against Pakistan and in the tri-series, has struggled to replicate his form in the T20 World Cup. With little pressure in the final match, Tucker has an opportunity to rediscover his recent success and finish the tournament on a positive note.

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