ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Warm-Up Matches: Complete Schedule, Venues, Dates, and Timings
The cricketing universe is buzzing with anticipation as the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 approaches. This tournament promises to be a captivating display of skill, tactics, and fierce competition. To kickstart the proceedings in style, there will be ten warm-up matches taking place across three renowned venues in India from September 29 to October 3. These matches serve as the final rehearsal for the teams before they dive into the World Cup action.
The warm-up matches will be distributed across three iconic cricket stadiums in India:
Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati: Situated in the heart of Assam, this stadium will witness gripping encounters during the warm-up phase.
Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram: Known for its lush outfield and fervent cricket enthusiasts, this stadium in Kerala will host several warm-up clashes.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad: This modern stadium in Hyderabad will witness some of the world’s top teams in action before the main event gets underway.
Let’s take a closer look at the schedule for these warm-up matches:
September 29, 2023 – Friday
- 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.
The opening day promises thrilling contests as teams from Asia and Africa go head to head in their preparations for the World Cup.
September 30, 2023 – Saturday
- India vs. England at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.
- Australia vs. Netherlands at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.
As cricket giants India and England clash in Guwahati, Australia and the Netherlands will also showcase their rivalry in Thiruvananthapuram.
October 2, 2023 – Monday
- England vs. Bangladesh at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.
- New Zealand vs. South Africa at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.
As the warm-up phase reaches its midpoint, teams will be striving to fine-tune their strategies and combinations.
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.
The last day of warm-up matches promises to be a thrilling spectacle as teams make their final adjustments before the World Cup extravaganza begins.
The Main Event
Following these warm-up matches, all eyes will be on the main event, commencing on October 5, 2023, with defending champions England facing New Zealand in the tournament opener at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The final showdown of this 48-match extravaganza will also take place at the same venue on November 19, providing a fitting conclusion to what is sure to be an unforgettable tournament.
As cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, the warm-up matches offer a tantalising glimpse of the excitement, talent, and drama that await in this cricketing spectacle. So, mark your calendars and prepare to witness the world’s premier teams battling for cricketing glory in India!