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Ireland v Afghanistan match abandoned without a ball bowled

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The Men’s T20 World Cup match between Ireland and Afghanistan was called off due to rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The last game between Afghanistan and New Zealand was also postponed on Wednesday due to weather at the exact location.

With a point for each team, Ireland, which recently shocked England, moves to second place in Group One, while Afghanistan stays at the bottom.

A critical Friday night encounter between England and Australia is also in question.

Play begins at 9:00 BST at the MCG, although further rain is expected.

At 08:00 GMT on Monday in Brisbane, Ireland will play the current world champions and hosts, Australia.

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Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie expressed his disappointment, saying, “We’d played terrific cricket and were looking forward to today, but can’t do much about the weather.”

“Brisbane will seem like a different country. The winners need to be pushed.”

It’s so damp outside, Balbirnie said, “I don’t think England-Australia will go forward.”

The next game for Afghanistan will take place against Sri Lanka on Tuesday at 4:00 GMT in Brisbane.

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi remarked, “Most of the players are upset, not having played on such a beautiful field [the MCG].”

“But because we have no control over the weather, we must accept it. We anticipate the next contests and want to prevail.”

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