India’s chances of reaching the T20 World Cup semifinals appear slim after they lost their first two matches in the tournament’s Super 12s stage and currently sit in fourth place in Group 2.
Regardless of the rivalry, cricket fans want India to do well and advance to the next round of the tournament. Of course, the Men in Blue can still advance to the semifinals, but they will need a miracle to make it to the final four.
However, India’s progress is no longer in its hands. In fact, their hopes are now riding on others performing spectacularly poorly in a couple of scenarios.
In this regard, Fawad Chaudhry, the Federal Information Minister, took to Twitter earlier today and suggested another scenario for India to qualify for the next round.
India can still make the semifinals if they send bogus emails and New Zealand leaves the UAE due to security concerns.
The state-level remark is related to the incident in which New Zealand withdrew from the Pakistan tour 20 minutes before the first ODI due to an alleged security threat.
Following the incident, the Information Minister revealed that the threat emails that led to the cancellation of New Zealand’s tour to Pakistan were actually sent from India. The emails were sent from an associated device in India via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) with a Singapore IP address.
The device used to send the emails contained 13 additional email addresses. The email ID associated with these emails used the name ‘Hamza Afridi,’ which was intentionally used to malign Pakistan.
According to the Information Minister, the entire saga suggested the involvement of Indian agencies. India’s T20 World Cup campaign got off to a terrible start. They were defeated by Pakistan by ten wickets in their first match, and then by New Zealand by eight wickets in their second match. They won the third match against Afghanistan by a controversial 66-run margin.
With two points and a net run rate of +0.073, India currently sits in fourth place in Group 2. Afghanistan and New Zealand are in third and fourth place, respectively, with four points and run rates of +1.481 and +0.816. Because Pakistan has already qualified for the tournament’s semifinals, the second spot is up for grabs, as the top two teams from each group will compete in the semifinals.