The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially unveiled the schedule for the warm-up matches leading up to the highly anticipated ICC World Cup 2023, set to be held in India during October and November. With cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly awaiting the showdown, the warm-up matches promise to set the stage for the intense competition that lies ahead. The host nation, India, is scheduled to play two warm-up games, facing off against England on September 30 and Netherlands on October 3.
As the cricketing world gears up for this grand event, the opening match of the World Cup will kick off on October 5 at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where England and New Zealand, finalists from the previous edition, will cross swords.
The warm-up matches will be spread across various venues, with Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, and Hyderabad being chosen to host these exciting encounters. The Indian team’s first warm-up match against England will unfold in Guwahati, while the second match against Netherlands will take place in Thiruvananthapuram. Netherlands secured their spot in the 10-team tournament by finishing as runners-up in the qualifiers held in June.
On the initial day of the warm-up matches, Asian rivals Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will clash at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Meanwhile, South Africa will go head-to-head against Afghanistan at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, and Pakistan will lock horns with New Zealand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on September 29. Adding to the excitement, Australia will also engage with Netherlands on the same day as India’s first warm-up match, which is September 30.
Continuing the action-packed schedule, England will face Bangladesh on October 2, while New Zealand will tackle South Africa on the same day. The final day of warm-up matches will feature Afghanistan competing against Sri Lanka, and Pakistan going up against Australia.
The comprehensive list of warm-up matches is as follows:
Friday 29 September
Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
South Africa vs. Afghanistan at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
New Zealand vs. Pakistan at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Saturday 30 September
India vs. England at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Australia vs. Netherlands at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Monday 2 October
England vs. Bangladesh at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
New Zealand vs. South Africa at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Tuesday 3 October
Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
India vs. Netherlands at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Pakistan vs. Australia at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
The stage is now set for a thrilling display of cricketing prowess as teams gear up for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023. Team India, spearheaded by Rohit Sharma, will launch their campaign against Australia on October 8. Notably, the highly anticipated India-Pakistan clash has been rescheduled to October 14 due to security concerns in Ahmedabad, ensuring that fans around the world are in for a captivating cricketing spectacle.