Warm-Up Schedule for 2023 Cricket World Cup: India, Pakistan, and Australia Match Dates
ODI World Cup 2023 Warm-up Fixtures: India Faces England in Opening Practice Match; Pakistan Takes on New Zealand.
The imminent commencement of the 2023 Cricket World Cup is just days away. In preparation for the tournament, teams have engaged in ODI assignments. Additionally, all teams will utilize the opportunity to assess their players in warm-up fixtures starting on September 29. These practice matches will span four days, featuring simultaneous matches at Guwahati, Trivandrum, and Hyderabad. The Indian team is scheduled to face England and Netherlands in their two practice matches.
September 30, 2023 (Saturday)
- India v England, Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
- Australia v Netherlands, Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
October 2, 2023 (Monday)
- England v Bangladesh, Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
- New Zealand v South Africa, Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.
October 3, 2023 (Tuesday):
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
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan expresses the view that the warm-up matches will offer teams a valuable opportunity to ‘tighten the nut bolts’.
“Practice games are like nut bolts that need to be tightened. The Indian team can use its two practice games to work on particular areas, such as improving Ravindra Jadeja’s batting, experimenting with player combinations, and giving opportunities to players who aren’t performing at their best right now. This involves putting their abilities to the test, especially in the pivotal last few overs. These exhibition games have clear benefits, he explained in an interview with Star Sports.
Wasim Akram, a legendary cricketer from Pakistan, disagrees, arguing that teams must play warm-up matches to prepare for the conditions in India.
Warm-up games provide you a glimpse of the circumstances you’ll face abroad. They give an indication of the pitch’s condition during these matches. These games provide you the opportunity to address and address any deficiencies in your team. Warm-up games don’t have the same intensity or urgency as real games. As a result, there is less anxiety associated with winning or losing, which enables teams to quickly work on their flaws. Keeping a tight eye on their next opponents in important matches, each side has probably developed preparations around these warm-up matches. This tactical strategy makes it easier to find weaknesses and use them appropriately. Warm-up games may not be as intense, but they offer an opportunity to improve and hone one’s skills.