ICC Could Ban Australia Captain Mitchell Marsh From Super 8

ICC could ban Australia captain Mitchell Marsh from Super 8 matches of T20 World Cup 2024

Recently, Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood expressed his opinion about Australia possibly manipulating a winning margin against Scotland to knock England out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, which has come under the lights. In such cases, Australia’s attempt to such an act can result in their captain Mitchell Marsh facing a ban for the upcoming two matches in the Super Eight stages of the tournament. This could happen only if Marsh follows the advice of the former Australian test skipper Tim Paine to manipulate the result. 

If Mitchell Marsh is found guilty by the officials supervising the game, he could face charges according to Article 2.11, based on the rules stated by the International Cricket Council (ICC). This particular rule is implemented for the participating teams to prevent them from intentionally losing a match to influence the rankings of other teams in a tournament. In other words, the rule acts as a barrier to stop teams from losing on purpose to cheat the game.

Can England Qualify for the Super Eights in T20 World Cup 2024?

England’s chances to qualify for the Super Eights in the T20 World Cup 2024 seem to be in jeopardy and the upcoming match between Australia and Scotland on June 15 (Saturday) will decide the fate of the defending champions in the tournament.

Australia ranks at the top position in the Group B points table with 6 points and +3.580 net run rate (NRR) after winning 3 out of 3 games. Whereas, Scotland finds themselves in the 2nd position with 4 points and +2.164 net-run-rate, after playing three matches.

On the other side, England had a struggling start in its first two matches, which included an abandoned game against Scotland and a 36-run loss against Australia. However, Jos Buttler’s led side, recently tasted its first success in the ongoing tournament against Oman by 8 wickets with 107 balls to spare. This victory with a huge margin helped the team achieve 3 points in the points table and enhanced their net run rate to +3.081. As a result, England should hope Australia to defeat Scotland by a huge margin to keep their Super Eights qualification hopes alive. A victory for Scotland would directly mark England’s elimination from the competition.

Tim Paine’s advice to Mitchell Marsh: Manipulate the Result to Eliminate England out of T20 WC 2024

As the Australian cricket team is busy in their training session to face Scotland, Tim Paine advised Mitchell Marsh to manipulate the result using an unusual strategy:

“Certainly! They should try to manipulate the result. It isn’t a joke. Also, I have discussed with a few people about this topic in the past few days. I’m very serious about the issue. Moreover, I am not sure what could be the exact net run rate. But you don’t need to lose the match. I think they can simply allow Scotland to come closer to the winning line. At this point, let’s not jump too far beyond our limits. Probably, the Scotland team might have a lucky day and have an enjoyable moment. Consider Scotland batted first and scored a total near 140 and we chased the target within 19.5 overs to ensure they don’t suffer a loss with a big net run rate.

Furthermore, I feel that England should win both their games with a difference of 50 runs or more to boost their net run rate than Scotland. Finally, it is possible that you can triumph over your opponents by ensuring to win the game and England doesn’t progress to the next rounds,” Paine advised on Sen Radio.

Josh Hazlewood’s indication about England’s qualification for Super Eights

After Australia qualified for the Super 8s by achieving a 9-wicket victory against Namibia, Josh Hazlewood had a similar feeling about England’s qualification for Super Eights:

“Well! It could be tough. Especially, in this tournament, when you face a team like England at some stage once again. They’re certainly one of the top teams on their favorable days, and we’ve had some significant challenges against them, in a shorter format like the T20 cricket. Probably, if we could get them (England) out of the tournament, it would be our best motivation as well as for everyone else. 

It could be really interesting to watch since we’ve never been in this position before in any tournaments so far as a team. I don’t believe if we had any discussions or not. But, we’ll ensure to try to play the same way as we did tonight, and it depends upon other players in the team and not just me”, said Hazlewood.

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The code of conduct is only applicable for the unfair manipulation of the net-run rate and the team’s skipper would be considered responsible and charged with a level two offense. In such cases, a minimum penalty of 50% match fee comes into effect along with a maximum of four demerit points, and an additional two suspension points, depending on the seriousness of the violation. If such happens, Mitchell Marsh could be banned for Australia’s first two clashes in the Super 8s.

However, the England cricket team led by Jos Buttler needs to win their remaining match against Namibia with a huge margin to keep their chances active for the Super 8s. Also, a one-sided win for Australia over Scotland could place them into the Super 8s ahead of England as well as prevent Mitchell Marsh’s suspension in the crucial stages of the tournament.

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