ICC reveal warm-up fixtures for World Cup 2023

ICC has announced an action-packed lineup of warm-up fixtures for World Cup 2023, setting the stage for a thrilling week of cricketing battles.

From September 29 to October 3, teams will engage in fierce clashes across three dynamic Indian cities: Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Thiruvananthapuram. While these cities won't host the main tournament matches, they will undoubtedly witness some intense showdowns in the lead-up to the World Cup's opening day on October 5.

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The inaugural day of the warm-up fixtures promises a riveting start to the cricketing festivities. Guwahati will witness Bangladesh and Sri Lanka battling it out, while Thiruvananthapuram plays host to the clash between South Africa and Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, in Hyderabad, New Zealand and Pakistan will face each other in what is expected to be a fierce encounter. All matches are scheduled to begin at 2pm local time, making them day-night fixtures like most of the World Cup matches.

Warm-up fixtures for World Cup 2023
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The details of the warm-up fixtures for World Cup 2023

All ten participating teams will have the chance to play two official 50-over contests. Teams can also field all 15 members of their playing squad, breaking away from the traditional constraints of sticking to specific XIs during batting and bowling. 

Among the highly anticipated warm-up fixtures is the clash between cricketing giants India and England on September 30. Adding to the excitement, Australia will be taking on the Netherlands on the same day. Notably, these matches come just three days after the conclusion of the limited-overs series between the respective teams, making it a hectic schedule for two of the top teams in the tournament.

Six of the 10 teams play their warm-up games in one city. India, Australia, Afghanistan, and New Zealand, will have the unique opportunity to play across multiple cities.

In tandem with the announcement of warm-up fixtures for World Cup 2023, the ICC has also revealed the official ticketing partners for the World Cup. Cricket enthusiasts can mark August 24 on their calendars, as this marks the start of the pre-sale of tickets. BookMyShow has been revealed as the partner for tickets in India by BCCI.

The upcoming warm-up matches are poised to provide a tantalizing glimpse into the teams' form and strategies as the World Cup fever heats up in India. 

Warm-up fixtures for World Cup 2023

29-Sep-23Bangladesh vs Sri LankaBarsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
29-Sep-23South Africa vs AfghanistanGreenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
29-Sep-23New Zealand vs PakistanRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
30-Sep-23India vs EnglandBarsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
30-Sep-23Australia vs NetherlandsGreenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
02-Oct-23England vs BangladeshBarsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
02-Oct-23New Zealand vs South AfricaGreenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
03-Oct-23Afghanistan vs Sri LankaBarsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
03-Oct-23India vs NetherlandsGreenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
03-Oct-23Pakistan vs AustraliaRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India