The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is at its peak and right after that, cricket fans are going to enjoy another mega event. The much-awaited T20 World Cup in the UAE is starting right after the IPL. Eight teams will play in its qualifying round matches from October 17 to 22, but before that all teams will play a warm-up match, the schedule of which has been revealed.
The top eight teams have already qualified for the Super 12 round and during this period those teams will take the field with practice matches. The schedule for the same has been announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, the warm-up matches will be played only on two days i.e. 18 and 20 October, with four matches each day. Each team will have to play two matches each before the Super 12 round starting on 23 October.
India will face England and Australia:
Virat Kohli-led Team India will take on England and Australia in their warm-up matches, which is a good opportunity for the Virat Kohli-led side considering the strength of both the sides. Pakistan will face challenges from defending champions West Indies and South Africa before facing their arch-rivals in the Super 12 round.
Australia will also take on New Zealand in their other warm-up match, while the England team will also face New Zealand. Both the finalists of the World Cup 2019 have a good chance to practice. In all, 8 matches will be played over two days, hosted by Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It has also been confirmed that Star Sports will broadcast India’s practice matches in addition to the main tournament from October 17.
Schedule of warm-up matches of T20 World Cup:
Monday 18 October – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi-
1st match – Afghanistan vs South Africa – 3:30 pm
2nd match – New Zealand vs Australia – 7:30 am
Monday 18 October – Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
3rd match – Pakistan vs West Indies – 3:30 pm
4th match – India vs England – at 7:30 pm
Wednesday 20 October – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
5th Match – England vs New Zealand – 3:30 pm
6th match – South Africa vs Pakistan – at 7:30 pm
Wednesday 20 October – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match 7 – India vs Australia – 3:30 pm
Match 8 – Afghanistan vs West Indies – 7:30 pm onwards