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Pakistan qualify for T20 World Cup 2026 despite recent humiliating performance

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Pakistan’s qualification for the 2026 T20 World Cup was confirmed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday. There will be 20 teams competing in the competition, with hosts Sri Lanka and India guaranteed the top two slots.

Out of the twelve teams that have qualified, the T20I team rankings and the 2024 Super Eight qualifiers will decide the following ten berths.

Using this path, the United States, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, South Africa, and the West Indies were able to secure their positions.

Despite a dismal World Cup campaign, Pakistan, captained by captain Babar Azam, finished seventh in the T20I standings and earned their ticket.

Using their ICC T20I rankings, New Zealand, rated sixth, and Ireland, placed eleventh, both qualified as well. Eight vacancies remain, to be filled by regional qualifiers: two from each of the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, and one from each of North America and East Asia Pacific.

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The regional qualifiers will soon round up the final roster of teams. Nations from all around the world will be fighting for the few remaining spots in the qualifications, which should be an intense competition.

The 2026 T20 World Cup will have the same format as this year’s mega-event in the USA and the Caribbean, with all 20 countries split into four groups of five teams each.

Prior to the competition, Pakistan’s recent performance will be very important. Their chances are improved if they do well in bilateral T20 series and other competitions.

A team’s effectiveness can be greatly impacted by injuries or the absence of important players. Pakistan’s best players must be healthy and productive.

The environment of India, the host nation, will be crucial. Pakistan may have an advantage with its spin assault if the pitches are in favour of spinners.

Group stage opponents and the draw are important. Early on, it can be difficult to face formidable teams.

Pakistan is competitive, based on their current 7th-place T20I standing, but they will need to play consistently if they want to advance.

Pakistan has a chance to succeed, but since the sport is so dynamic, anything may happen on any given day. The 2026 T20 World Cup is something that cricket fans around are looking forward to, especially to watch Pakistan play!

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