Cricket World Cup warm-ups begin: India faces England, Australia meets Netherlands on September 30. Teams gear up with practice matches across cities before tournament kick-off on October 5, heightened excitement with pre-sale tickets launching August 24.
Just a bit more than 3 days after finishing their 3-match ODI series in Rajkot, the strong cricket teams India and Australia are getting ready for their last practice matches before the big World Cup. These practice matches will happen on September 30. They are really important for the teams to practice well before the main tournament starts. India will face off against England in a warm-up clash, while Australia will test their mettle against the Netherlands. Pakistan is set to warm up against New Zealand on September 29, and South Africa will compete against Afghanistan. Additionally, Bangladesh will be pitted against Sri Lanka.
The warm-up matches are spread across various cities. India’s team will travel to Guwahati, located in the far east of the country, for their initial warm-up match. On the other hand, Australia will journey down south to Trivandrum. Afghanistan and New Zealand are also scheduled for warm-up matches in different cities.
Six of the participating teams will stay in a single city for their warm-up games. Hyderabad will host Pakistan, while Guwahati will accommodate England, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. The picturesque coastal town of Trivandrum will provide the setting for the Netherlands and South Africa warm-up matches.
The warm-up phase will culminate in a thrilling showdown between India and Pakistan against the Netherlands and Australia, respectively, on October 3. After these matches, the teams will disperse to their designated venues for the tournament’s opening matches. All warm-up games will be day-night fixtures, commencing at 2pm local time, and all 15 members of each squad will be permitted to participate.
Prior to the commencement of the main tournament, an event featuring the team captains will be held on October 4. The tournament proper is set to begin on October 5 in Ahmedabad, with defending champions England taking on runners-up from the previous edition, New Zealand. The host nation, India, will kick off their campaign against Australia in Chennai on October 8.
In related news, the ICC has disclosed the official ticketing partners for the event. Fans can anticipate the pre-sale of tickets starting from August 24, a full 42 days ahead of the tournament’s inauguration. This exciting lead-up marks the countdown to what is sure to be a captivating Cricket World Cup.