The warm-up matches serve as more than just a chance for India to refine their abilities and gauge their performance; they also offer fans a glimpse of their favourite players’ current form. Ahead of the eagerly awaited ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, India has planned a thorough preparation regimen, featuring two official warm-up matches against strong opponents.
These matches offer India the chance to refine their skills and assess their abilities, all while giving fans a preview of their beloved teams and players’ current form and potential.
The selected venues for the warm-up matches are Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, and Hyderabad. All warm-up matches will start at 2:00 PM IST, ensuring that fans across India can easily watch the action. Viewers can enjoy these exciting matches live and exclusively on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar.
India prepare for practice matches against England and the Netherlands
In Hyderabad, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will host two exciting matches. On September 29, New Zealand will face Pakistan, setting the stage for their World Cup campaigns.
The cricketing action continues on October 3 when Pakistan goes head to head with Australia in a highly anticipated clash between two strong teams. Guwahati’s Barsapara Cricket Stadium is another venue brimming with excitement. The cricket extravaganza kicks off with a match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on September 29.
On September 30, cricket enthusiasts can look forward to an intense game between India and England, followed by England taking on Bangladesh on October 2. The warm-up matches in Guwahati come to an end on October 3, with Afghanistan facing Sri Lanka in what promises to be a fiercely competitive encounter.
Meanwhile, Thiruvananthapuram’s Greenfield International Stadium will be the stage for four exciting matches. The action commences on September 29 when South Africa faces Afghanistan. On September 30, Australia takes on the Netherlands, providing a glimpse of their preparations.
October 2 brings a clash between New Zealand and South Africa, while India confronts the Netherlands on October 3, offering fans an enticing preview of the upcoming World Cup. These warm-up matches provide a taste of what’s in store, building excitement and anticipation for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
With India’s historic campaign starting on October 8 against five-time World Cup champions Australia in Chennai and the highly-anticipated showdown against arch-rivals Pakistan scheduled for October 15 in Ahmedabad, India’s World Cup journey promises to be a rollercoaster of emotions and thrilling cricketing moments.