The official warm-up fixtures for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 released

The official warm-up fixtures for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 released

Each team will play two warm-up games.

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India and New Zealand will take on each other in a warm-up game. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The ICC has announced the official warm-up fixtures for the Cricket World Cup 2019. Starting from 24 May 2019, the warm-up games will be played for a total of five days. There would be two matches played on each of these days which aggregates to a total of 10 games. Each of the ten teams participating in the tournament will get to play two warm-up games in England and Wales.

Here are the details about the warm-up games

Pakistan will play the first warm-up game against Afghanistan on 24 May. On the same day, Sri Lanka will face South Africa in the other encounter. There are two massive games that will be played on 25 May 2019. First, hosts England will play Australia followed by the game between India and New Zealand.

On Sunday (26 May), Windies will begin their campaign against South Africa. Pakistan will be up against Bangladesh for the second fixture of the day. Australia, in their second warm-up game, will encounter Sri Lanka on Monday. England will play the new-comers Afghanistan in the next match. The warm-up fixtures will end with matches between New Zealand – Windies and India – Bangladesh on the final day.

Hosts England and India will enter the tournament as the favourites. Over the last one year, both these teams have been playing some top-notch cricket. New Zealand and South Africa will also fancy their chances of making it to the knockouts. Pakistan and Windies are the two unpredictable teams and it is tough to determine if they will go the distance.

With Steve Smith and David Warner most likely to join the team, Australia looks a decent side. Even Bangladesh has got the ability to upset the big teams on a given day. It will be interesting to see if the Afghanistan team can hold onto their nerves given the magnitude of the tournament. Sri Lanka isn’t the same as it was earlier and is one of the weakest teams going into the mega-event.

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