As the countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 begins, teams are eagerly preparing for the highly anticipated tournament in October. To fine-tune their strategies and assess their readiness, the ICC has scheduled a series of warm-up matches from September 29 to October 3.
For India, the warm-up schedule includes a thrilling clash against England, along with a match against a qualifying team.
As customary for World Cup tournaments, a series of warm-up matches will be held to allow the teams to assess their readiness and fine-tune their strategies. Adding to the excitement, the BCCI has designated Trivandrum and Guwahati as additional venues for the warm-up fixtures, intensifying the preparation phase for the participating teams.
Earlier, the International Cricket Council (ICC) unveiled the schedule for the highly anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, which is scheduled to kick off on October 5 and conclude on November 19. In a thrilling battle for cricket supremacy, ten teams will compete at various venues across India, with the opening and final matches set to take place at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
With the World Cup adopting a round-robin format this year, all the warm-up match participants will eventually face each other once again in the main tournament.
Warm-Up Matches to be Held at Hyderabad, Guwahati, and Trivandrum
The warm-up matches leading up to the ICC World Cup 2023 will be hosted at three venues: Hyderabad, Guwahati, and Trivandrum. These stadiums have been chosen to showcase the teams’ talent and allow them to acclimatize to the conditions they will encounter during the World Cup matches.
- Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium – Hyderabad
- Barsapara Stadium – Guwahati
- Greenfield International Stadium – Trivandrum
Hyderabad will also host three matches during the main tournament, two of which will feature the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan in the group stage.
India to play Warm-Up Matches Against England and Qualifiers Team
Team India will participate in two warm-up matches before their first encounter in the tournament against Australia on October 8.
India’s warm-up schedule includes a clash against England, which promises to be a thrilling encounter between two cricketing powerhouses. Additionally, India will face off against one of the qualifying teams in their preparatory phase.
The qualifiers teams vying for the remaining two berths in the World Cup include West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Oman, and the Netherlands, who are competing in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.